Is poverty something to be glorified?
No. Absolutely not.
Poverty is a serious issue. About 21% of the world's population is living on less than $1.25 per day, one in five people. That is for food, shelter, medical and clothes. What can you get for $1.25?
Bread from the almost expired rack?
A few bananas?
Is that enough to feed you every day?
And what about shelter?
Many people living below the world poverty level are living in climates where they won't freeze to death at night, but that does not make them safe. Forget about crime, there is disease, sewage, no clean water.
And medical? Forget about it! I had my choice of midwives for my home birth. I have health resources at my fingertips through the internet. I can head to an emergency room if I needed to and get the best emergency treatment in the world. Those are luxuries many cannot fathom. For many, even third world standards of medical treatment are out of reach.
I don't know how many of you have heard of Daniel Suelo. He lives in Utah and, for a myriad of reasons, he makes and uses no money by choice. He lives in a canyon. He trash picks for food and forages. He goes on adventures around his area with friends. He has many friends. He blogs about it here. Although he technically lives below the international poverty line, he is far from impoverished. He has need of nothing, for he lives off of the glut of our nation. He has much to offer.
This is a chart showing the distribution of the world's wealth. Our total household income is around $20,000, divided by the number of individuals; I have marked where my family is on the chart.
In America, our income puts us far below the American poverty line, but resources abound here. We are in no desperate situation. We have far more than we need. We may not have as much as you, or as much as you may think we should have, but we still have far more than we need.