A Radical Rethinking

Vintage flour and sugar jars by Grainne Photography

I am no accountant. Frankly, I look at people who choose to work with numbers and wonder what severe crisis they encountered at the critical stage when they were learning the difference between good and evil.

But, though I’d rather spend my life cutting the grass with scissors than spend my days with a calculator, I know this much: modern poverty does not include an Xbox.

Check out this article from The National Review Online, forwarded to me by a HouseHoncho reader.

The opening lines by Ken McIntyre read:

“When Americans think of poverty, we tend to picture people who can’t adequately shelter, clothe, and feed themselves or their families. When the Census Bureau defines “poverty,” though, it winds up painting more than 40 million Americans–one in seven–as poor.”
The article, in my opinion, is shocking. And it begs many legitimate questions–
What really is “poor”? Have we lost the meaning of “living simply” in this country?

So much food for thought.

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