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Is it better for one to know they are poor, or to not know they are poor?

Asked by auhsojsa (2516points) January 23rd, 2012

I’m describing poor as in financially and overall health wise.

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marinelife's avatar

I don’t think it matters.

Judi's avatar

I really was an adult before I realized I grew up poor. My dad convinced me at a very young age how lucky I was to live in America. All the poor kids lived in China or India.
My older sister always felt intimidated by people with more money than us. It wasn’t until she was in her 40’s that she got over it.
I never let anyone intimidate me because of their wealth. I don’t know if it was my dad ( He died when I was 10) or if I just had a different personality.
I think poverty is an attitude. Like dad always said, “I may be broke, but I’ve never been poor.”

King_Pariah's avatar

I’d say it’s better to know so you can actively try to better your situation.

bkcunningham's avatar

I think it is better to know you are in poor health. I think poverty and wealth are relative concepts.

Blackberry's avatar

It doesn’t matter what they think, if you’re poor, you’re poor.

Pandora's avatar

Its better to know. To many people live like they are rich when they are not disgraceful to be poor. People should be taught there is no shame in being poor only. The only shame in it is when a person would rather take a hand out rather than work hard to get on their feet.
Same for health. No shame in being ill but if you purposely continue to make yourself worse, than it is a shame if you do nothing to help yourself out.

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