Poverty is the starting point of human life. We are but dust and ashes, and are born naked, poor, and empty. Anything more we become starts from additions to us, from the outside–from parents, family, community, culture, etc. Language, physical growth, ideas, skills, possessions, etc. all start as gifts to us and we give nothing in return. Only once we have been built up to some level of maturity from forces outside of ourselves can we become creators–involved in our own continued growth, the growth of others, and of goods both physical and spiritual. This same observation applies to groups and entire economies as well. In this light, poverty is not an aberration on which we need to declare “war”, but the expected and normal starting point of human endeavor. Poverty is where, in a fundamental sense, we all start and are grounded–both the currently rich and the currently poor–and to where we could all quickly fall.