Chapter 29 » 29.13

We have thought and felt deeply about the disgrace that there is poverty in our wealthy country. So long as any one person in our midst can say ‘I exist, but I’m nothing’ the longing for a more just social order will persist. The truth is that we are all hurt and need healing. There is a spiritual poverty among both rich and poor… If we are to be whole, we can no longer ignore the divisions created by idolising wealth, success and power. A key to a deep-rooted response to poverty is to throw away the illusion that the rich alone have much to offer and to grasp the reality that we all have much to gain from one another.

London Yearly Meeting, 1987

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