Many parts of the world are over populated and there is high unemployment. Then also you have the problem where corrupt employers use the system to pay as little as possible.
As in the Philippines, if you have less than 10 employees or contract employees that work for less than 6 months, the labor laws and benefits can be ignored.
Many businesses hire their employees for only 5 months, so they can pay less than the prevailing wage and give no benefits. If an employee is good, they might be offered another 5 month contract.
There is also the “It’s ok” mentality where employees are happy to have a job and if the employer is not willing to pay the “13th month” bonus, which is the law, the employee feels “it’s ok, at least I have a job.”
They do much the same with Mexicans here in America. there are also many skilled tradesmen willing to work day jobs for cash, if they can find them. With no real money to secure and protect our wealth, we find ourselves living in a slave state with only one way out.
Most folks in the States live in fair to excellent conditions. There are many who do not have a high income, and at least have an apartment or live with Kinfolks. If needed one could get roommates, but most have some kind of place to live. Yet it is the poor who best know how to live in hard times! Because they have always known it. We the middle class are the ones who will hurt the most.
In the depressed reservations and other areas of the world; there are good people. Such as the folks living deep in the mountains of Appalachia and other countries, where I have special friends so dear to my heart. Some live their lives in arcadian conditions that seem so alien, that many would not understand. But for them, they are happy to have a roof over their heads, somewhere to soft to lay down to sleep and something to eat.
Without a doubt in what I have witnessed over the years, the more humble the family, the more compassion and grace they exhibit. Having experienced their uninhibited love; I often marvel how the enjoyment of even small things means so much to them. They may seem to possess very little, but they are wealthy indeed with so much love for each other.
Whenever I see these kind of living conditions, I've been tempted to feel great sorrow, but over time, I have seen how hospitable and happy these marvelous people are with their friends and family. I pity not the humble, but only envy their path, for they are the backbone of humanity. For from the midst of adversity super souls are created. Indeed we are all the same even though many of us have forgotten our roots. If by giving up all that I have; I could find peace in my heart, I would do so gladly. But few ever take up poverty by choice. We the children of God's Earth, have all the same dreams and desires, to be all we were meant to be. As we dream of a better life, the impoverished also strive to move up in economics, have a nicer home, and a brighter future for their loved ones.
Yet despite all the meddling and exploitation they must suffer, as the world goes to Hell in a hand basket; these noble Children of God, find happiness in what they have, since they know that in this life there are those with much less.
"Be wise and help all beings impartilly, abandoning none.
Waste no opportunities!
This is called following the light".
I need not write of the dark side of poverty, we know it all too well.
Hell on earth, will be the topic for some other day.
People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Take no one for granted and embrace all equally with joy!
Julie A. Manhan ...