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The Greatest Poverty

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

Mother Teresa

Ah, late again with this post.

Not one of the best notes to start off the weekend with, but its something to think about. We all know what poverty is. By now, we've all seen the face of the homeless. But what about the people in our homes? We've heard (and probably seen) the poorest man, smile and enjoy his morsel of bread that is supposed to last him for a few days. Poets have called them richer than the richest of men. On the contrary, we've seen people with all the food they have, starve, binge, diet and ungratefully shun everything they're blessed with. If that isn't living in poverty, I don't know what is. It is the poverty of the soul that troubles the most and paid attention to the least.


ps. I have to go for a retreat this weekend and will be posting again sometime around next week. Thank you for stopping by and all the wonderful comments on my previous shot. I was glad to see it meant something to a few people. Have a good weekend!

The Greatest Poverty

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

Mother Teresa

Ah, late again with this post.

Not one of the best notes to start off the weekend with, but its something to think about. We all know what poverty is. By now, we've all seen the face of the homeless. But what about the people in our homes? We've heard (and probably seen) the poorest man, smile and enjoy his morsel of bread that is supposed to last him for a few days. Poets have called them richer than the richest of men. On the contrary, we've seen people with all the food they have, starve, binge, diet and ungratefully shun everything they're blessed with. If that isn't living in poverty, I don't know what is. It is the poverty of the soul that troubles the most and paid attention to the least.


ps. I have to go for a retreat this weekend and will be posting again sometime around next week. Thank you for stopping by and all the wonderful comments on my previous shot. I was glad to see it meant something to a few people. Have a good weekend!

comments (5)

  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 17:23
Hi Mia, I've had to come back a couple of times for this shot - it's making me think just how life can be harsh in so many ways.

Hope you enjoy your break.
missharma: And its even harsher when we fail to recognize it Chris. The same goes for the poverty that people talk about too, involving poor people. Thanks for coming back and dropping a comment. It means a lot! Have a good weekend.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 18:13
That's a great angle on poverty and not one I had really considered Mia but you are so right. A human without a soul is indeed a poor man! Have a lovely weekend. Mal
missharma: Ah, so you see it too smile Thanks Mal, have a good one.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2006, 18:22
i like this angle to it.....8/10
missharma: The idea behind the shot is really everything Sam, glad you like it.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2006, 23:35
This is powerful, very powerful.

Only you can read this, it's not an open comment, there's no need to respond.

I can relate to this picture, absolutely. Not necessarily the emotions you mention in your script, but the devastation of suddenly feeling desperately alone and with absolutely nobody to turn to. It does pass, but pictures like this describe that feeling perfectly.

You have pictured somebody hugging themself, because nobody else will. You have captured despair and loneliness.

If you think of marketing this shot you could try a number of charities, those who support people who have had breakdowns, both personal and relationship; charities for those who are in dispute with those around them and who have 'nobody' to turn to, such as a community mediation group; bereavement counsellors too.

Please find a way to use this image, somehow.

Ellie.
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 5 Nov 2006, 02:45
well the shot itself is nice and the exposure and light can be excused because it fits with the shot.

great meaning conveyed.
missharma: Ah, I purposely had the light and exposure set this high Sidak smile The mood is I suppose more dark, but an extremely bright surrounding best-suited this shot. It also covers up (almost eliminates) the window and the things around the subject, laying more focus on the heart of the matter. As I mentioned... the post is more important in this instance.

Thanks Sidak!

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