Poverty and dirt
Why do you think there is always dirt next to poverty?
As a child at home at a classmate, we often jumped on the couch until adults saw. We were very pleased with the springs, in some places very close to the surface; enthused the dust that flew clubs from the couch from our jumps. When, twenty years later, I went to my childhood friend, I was horrified to see in the corner all the same couch on which we had once jumped. He had not changed much, as far as I could remember, but now I was shocked by the poverty and wretchedness of the situation. I mentally calculated how much the purchase of a new sofa, the replacement of greasy chairs, a mirror broken and sealed with a chocolate wrap, could cost. While we were talking, in my imagination I whitened the ceiling and changed the wallpaper. I wanted to wash the windows, covered with flies, to throw sticks and cartons sticking out from under the couch, a broken flower pot tied with a stocking. “What if money is bad?” I thought ...
But the brain resisted and suggested I buy at least an inexpensive adhesive film to match the color of the tree and paste over the table with it.Everywhere I looked, my eyes ran across any breakage, dirt, stains and debris. The brain suddenly told me: “What do you think, why is there always dirt next to poverty?” I now ask you the same question. Even if the word “always” is replaced by “almost always” or “often”, it is not done easier. Dirt is a manifestation not of lack of money, but of mentality. Think about it: dirt is a manifestation of the corresponding mentality. And since dirt and poverty are neighbors, poverty is a peculiar mentality. Yes, poverty is in the unwashed head.
At school I had an amazing teacher in literature - Tamara Grigorievna, an extraordinary mind, a very insightful woman. She somehow dropped the phrase that I remember for a lifetime. Someone asked her what philistinism means, and she replied: "Petty bourgeoisie means drinking from the old shabby mug when the new one in the sideboard is worth it." This is common in many Russian houses: money is set aside for a rainy day, a new cup in a sideboard is on a white day, only a white day comes rarely, and black life fills. He who lives in expectation of the future, for that never comes.And then I understood it: I am ashamed to be a beggar; ashamed to be dirty. It is a shame to have devastation in my head, which inevitably affects both the home and the mentality of the children.
I know one woman who has saved up money for over twenty years to buy a summer cottage. She alone raised two daughters. The girls lived half starving, on some porridges, and the eldest of them told me how ashamed she was to go out into the yard in old velvet trousers with patched knees. The girl grew up, and every year her pants grew magically. A centimeter by centimeter turned the cloth tucked underneath. She was not as faded as the rest of her leg, and this betrayed beggarly tricks. Apparently, the expression went from here: “Needle for invention is cunning.” You should not tell that the system in the state does not allow to earn enough. I do not blame the system, and rot in the brain.
On the same money you can look decent or beggarly. When the mother finally bought the cottage, both grown daughters did not have the slightest interest in this cottage, but endlessly reproached the mother for not teaching them what it means to be a woman. The girls formed a complex of Cinderella.They, accustomed to seeing worn chairs and old dishes, shabby towels and coats seven years ago, later becoming adults, were afraid to spend money on themselves. Whenever they bought something, their mood deteriorated: they seemed to feel unworthy of new good things. This, my friends, is called in two words: genetic poverty. She is already conscious, in the cells, in the blood, in the bones.
Children who see bare corners are subconsciously programmed into poverty. Already in adolescence, they begin to realize its severity. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov also noted that shabby walls and dirty corridors have a bad influence on a student’s ability to learn. Dirt and poverty suppress a person, the usual kind of a poor situation programs to be a failure. You could argue to me that the hatred of poverty stimulates some people to grow and earn money, but I will tell you that where more people break under the unbearable burden of poverty. The words "trouble" and "poverty" have one root. Throw away the trouble. Throw away poverty. How I like the phrase: "Wealth is a state of mind." So poverty is also a state of mind. ”