Many people avoid public transit because of the social stigma that it is a sign of poverty. There are benefits to riding on buses and rail systems. You get to meet different people, of which some have really good paying jobs and just don’t want to pollute the environment or be stuck in traffic. Plus you can actually read on public transportation wheres you probably shouldn’t be reading a book while driving.
I have to confess that I enjoy riding the rail. Sometimes that is more metaphorical than literal when it comes to life. The Dart rail system is the nicest one in Dallas, along with the Trinity Railway Express and A-train in Fort Worth and Denton.
I took this picture in Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix). I couldn’t help think how cool this man’s job was.
Some people are fascinated with train sets growing up; I am more into the real thing. Maybe I should go to work on the railroad. It has good benefits. The scariest thing is if someone gets stuck on the tracks, the train engineer probably wouldn’t be able to stop in time. Thus he would end up with PTSD and therapy the rest of his life.
The most humorous rail story I have is when the train in Phoenix was delayed due to some drunk Indians who fell onto the tracks. That would be one of those “only in Phoenix” stories.
I was watching a video on YouTube recently when I heard about how 70% of Americans were living in poverty. However the sad part is many of those who are impoverished are making up to six figures a year. It always sounds funny to hear someone making mid five figures and up complain about how poor they are despite how hard they work. Although they don’t usually work nearly as hard as those making close to minimum wage.
They say more money leads to more problems, and it’s amazing how the solution is always more money. Even the Bible says whoever loves money will never have enough. A Lyft driver who sold real estate told me once that no matter how much you make, you are always in the same boat. Rich people just have expensive tastes. Poor people find cheaper alternatives which are often just as good. It’s just the stigma and being more “resourceful”.
Another way to ensure impoverishing oneself is to live a life of luxury. How many luxury apartments have you seen going up in your neighborhood. Luxury living is the same as “lustful” living. I can’t knock it though since I am attracted to these myself. They aren’t really that luxury. The reviews are almost as bad as any ghetto apartment. People are never happy. All they have to do is see one cockroach or any other insect.
Give it a few decades and these luxury apartments will either be sold as condominiums or rented out as low income apartments; or turned into motels.
I confess that I almost rented out a small 400 square foot luxury apartment that I found for as low as $800. It was cheaper than the non luxury apartments around it. On a side note, renting is still a waste of money and you can buy a $200,000 condo for less than you can rent a luxury apartment for.
I think I may be onto something with that last statement. Either way, all the money we are spending to modernize everything through gentrification only to still be paying off the debt by the time the foundation starts to settle again. I almost call luxury apartments “shitholes of the future.”
Atheists claim not to believe in God because they can’t prove He exists. The. Bible tells us to live by faith and not by sight. An educated society may make for a better society, though educated types tend to reject the Divine because there is no evidence; or at least none they can see.
As an intellectual, I like to question everything. I like to try to figure out why I believe something. This has made me a freethinker, thus the bane of the established church. Note I said established because the true church has invisible walls.
My basic beliefs would align me with the Judeo-Christian faith. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder why I believe what I do. The fact that I catch myself quoting the Bible frequently confirms my beliefs. Especially if a certain verse is logical or consistent with the culture. And that is what makes the Bible stand out as the best selling book. Even nonbelievers admire it as a book of philosophy and wisdom.
Today’s verse reminds me that poverty is man-made and a mindset. If you believe in divine providence anyway. There is no way to prove this. Sometimes you just have to trust in it and quit over thinking everything.
Everyone knows that when we go through hard times, aka recessions or famines, the ones who get through it are the ones who are the most prepared. In many cases the ones who are the most prepared are the ones who put their trust in the Most High.
Prosperity is biblical but the invisible kingdom is more than money. That’s why we aren’t supposed to put our trust in material wealth. What some people lack in money, they make up for in other resources. Sometimes the ones who look poor on paper actually have a better quality of life.