Poverty Is A Disgrace

Panhandling in Windsor is largely an unobtrusive part of society. However, some members of City Council are too willing to create laws to combat panhandlers instead of addressing the under-lying reasons behind the causes. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Panhandling in Windsor is largely an unobtrusive part of society. However, some members of City Council are too willing to create laws to combat panhandlers instead of addressing the under-lying reasons behind the causes. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(TORONTO, ON) – Robert Stephen visits with John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Affluent Society for today’s Words of Wisdom.

We ignore poverty because we share with all societies the capacity for not seeing what we do not wish to see. Anciently this has enabled the nobleman to enjoy his dinner while remaining oblivious to the beggars around his door.

In our day, it enables us to travel in comfort by Harlem and into the lush precincts of midtown Manhattan. But while our failure to notice can be explained it cannot be excused.

“Poverty,” Pitt exclaimed, “is no disgrace but it is damned annoying.”

In the contemporary United States it is not annoying but it is a disgrace.

The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1969, page 196

Stock up on stamps at Canada Post with Stamp Coils! Get your stamps today - Click here!

About the Author

Robert Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he loves The Square. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."Email Robert Stephen

1 Comment on "Poverty Is A Disgrace"

  1. Moira Saganski |20 March 2017 at 14:04 |Reply

    So true Robert not only in the USA but in Canada as well. We revert to the belief that it is the government’s role to eliminate poverty. But they are not achieving this particularly for those living on reserves and those w mental illness.

Join the discussion

%d bloggers like this: