The video, ‘What is Poverty’ mentions that poverty is not just some object or thing that can be measured tangibly. In order to explain this complex compact, we must step back and understand what exactly causes poverty. Poverty is manifested through the artificial barriers of separation. This creates an avenue of comparison among individuals and groups such as the have vs have nots, rich vs poor.
While some argue that giving would help to bridge the gap between groups, this more often than not creates new walls. It is a mere restatement of the walls: my superiority is your shame and I have what you need. In this case, it is emotional or psychological poverty.
A more effective way to combat poverty is to emphasize the value of togetherness. It is more than just giving what we do not need for others but really needing what we cannot be just by ourselves.
We should not let our brokenness lead to actions that build new walls. Consumers should be open to absorbing increased costs of product in order to better the working conditions of factory workers. There should be this universal emphasis on friendship and compassion for others.