Poverty has a relationship with greed. Those severely affected by poverty develop an attitude in the mind as a survival mechanism. This attitude causes them to “get all they can” and to store up as many material goods as possible as a bulwark against future needs. It particularly applies to money and wealth. What then happens if those people are lifted from poverty into a realm of relative material comfort?
The experience of poverty now encourages greed by entrenching these survival ideas in the psyche. However, these ideas are no longer useful but are instead harmful. When individuals amass much more wealth than they are likely to need they, by giving in to greed, are contributing to the poverty of others. This cycle is likely to repeat itself over and over. Thus the divide between the rich and the poor continues to grow exponentially. Only by following the example of people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and deliberately recycling excess wealth into charitable works can the poverty divide ever be overcome.