Most poor people are waiting on the Miracle Money. It's always on the way, but until it gets there, all they can do is wait.
The miracle money can be the promotion or better job you're sure one day you'll get, lifting you out of the poverty that mostly runs rampant at the McJobs you hold.
The miracle money can be the one Lotto ticket you buy that's finally The One.
The miracle money can be the 15 years of back child support the other parent is suddenly court-ordered to pay in one lump sum. Except that parent is back in jail on other charges, so...
The miracle money can be getting back the money you gave someone two, 10 or 20 years ago that you never saw - and realistically, know you'll probably never see - again.
The miracle money can be meeting the one man with a steady, well-paying enough factory job to assist in supporting you, so the kids can finally stop eating ramen every night like they've been doing since your last husband left seven years ago.
The miracle money can be finding the lost hundreds or few thousands dropped on the ground by someone certainly better off than you and, knowing how meagerly you get by, having the presence of mind to simply keep it.
The miracle money can be selling your house for $20-30k once it's no longer underwater, and living off that for another two or three years while hoping your McJob morphs into something more.
The miracle money can be your better-off family member dying with no apparent interest in helping you from beyond the grave, but they did happen to leave you a car you can turn around and sell for a few thousand.
The miracle money can be hoping you wake up one day to find the worthless-looking book or ridiculous decorative pie tin you keep having to dust, is, after researching it on eBay before tossing it in the trash, The Valuable One the collectors all vie for.
The miracle money can be waking up each day hoping our country starts properly caring for its own instead of spending its talent and resources on war, NASA, and select countries overseas, until one day, it finally does.
Except it never does.
The Miracle Money is a common dream I suspect most impoverished people have.
For the great majority it never comes true - but that can't stop us from dreaming.
In our minds, the Miracle Money has been around since Day One. We've been living off it in addition to other, more meager income sources since the day it first occurred to us it might exist. And thanks to it, we live well; useful, meaningful lives that don't involve the constant plague of guilt and shame, worry and fear that is living without enough.
A lot of people think the poor deserve nothing. That's why so many want food stamps taken away.
That's why so many want public housing demolished and the people in those buildings put out on the streets.
That's why cash welfare in any useful form ended for most people back in 1996.
That's why your GoFundMe page will rarely, if ever, raise the Miracle Money you need not just a small amount of right away - for the latest emergency you can't solve on your own - but for the rest of your life, because it's just one emergency after another.
Most of us are taught to hate and fear poverty by the use of upper class dog whistles that filter down to signal us that living in poverty speaks to being a much less worthy person than does achieving greater economic prosperity.
As a society we've created Dalits by conflating income level with social place in the pecking order. By assuming Dalits put ourselves inside our own jail cells, drug addictions, shitty housing, substandard education, lack of proper funding and McJobs, society simultaneously washes its hands of any responsibility for those situations or outcomes, and what those outcomes cost it both in untapped potential and actual hard dollars down the road.
Dalitism is the last bastion of acceptable prejudice. It's acceptable to the poor, who not knowing any better believe what society tells them - that we're unworthy, The Untouchables, creating problems we don't deserve to have solved - and it's acceptable to non-Dalits, who cling to the caste system knowing it's the only cushion anyone has against being One Of Them.
But it takes just one good lump of Miracle Money to solve this problem for most of us, and fortunately, it's always on the way.