"It is crucial that we understand the roots of what poverty is.
First, it is structural, being systemic to the distribution of power,
resources and educational opportunities in society. Second, it is a
form of violence that comes from a deficit of empathy between those
who have much and those who have little. Third, it is
intergenerational, with its life-crippling seeds getting passed on in
early childhood. And fourth, it is sustained by blindness to the full
humanity of one another, showing it to be a pathology of the rich and not just a deficit of the poor."
Insights from the Scottish Poverty Truth Commission - Alastair