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Poverty: “Did you have enough?” Quantity important.Middle class: “Did you like it?” Quality important.Wealth: “Was it presented well?” Presentation important.
Poverty: Present most important. Decisions made spur of the moment based on survival.Middle class: Future important. Decisions made against future ramifications.Wealth: Past important. Decisions made based upon tradition and decorum.
Poverty: To be spent, used.Middle class: To be saved.Wealth: To be invested.
Poverty: Revered as an abstract, but not a reality.Middle class: Crucial for climbing success ladder and making money.Wealth: Necessary tradition for making and maintaining social and political connections.
Poverty: Survival, relationships and entertainment to dull pain.Middle class: Work and achievement.Wealth: Financial, political and social connections.
Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities (aha! Process Inc., 2001) by Ruby K. Payne, Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith.
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