Cold Ground Was My Bed Last Night, and Rock Was My Pillow Too Essay

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When someone coming from the United States imagines poverty, they see someone on welfare or social security here in the United States. Though by our standards, these people are poverty stricken, many people don't realize the seriousness of world poverty. Though there are ways to make it out of poverty, the chances in undeveloped countries is much smaller. In this essay I hope to help explain how a countries are undeveloped and why poverty for all is usually a result. Being born in a country that has one of the highest standards of living in the world, that person is very lucky to be afforded that luxury. By living in this country, it is very difficult for us to firsthand experience true poverty. Poverty is the deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life. These necessities include, food, shelter, water, and chances for an education. Living in the United States we are blessed, though some beg to differ, to have public school systems. These public school systems are relatively “free.” With a uniformed system of education, one can gain an education, which then increases their chances of obtaining better employment. Better employment leads to more money, which leads to a higher standard of living in many ways. Because the United States is already developed, as far as a job market and education system, this highly decreases the chances of ending up in poverty. Some would say that we almost have a “choice” as to how we want to live, whether it be luxurious or in poverty. With a 'strong' form of government that gives 'equal' opportunities to its citizens, we know very little of poverty. We ourselves, speaking for the majority of Americans, have never firsthand experienced poverty. We Americans know little of poverty, but our neighbors in Haiti have to live with up to 1/3 of their citizens without food. Haiti bears little

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