Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about poverty. It seems like there is ongoing controversy about what can be done to help those in poverty. Although lots of people from all kinds of different philosophical and religious backgrounds feel it’s important to help the poor, and all are approaching the issue with good intentions, just as with most things that are truly important, there are strong disagreements regarding how to go about it. I don’t mean to minimize the efforts of all those who are working hard and often making great sacrifices to do what they feel is in the best interests of America’s poor, but I wonder how often we are jumping the gun by debating the question of methodology before answering a much more important question. I think that before we can truly know anything about how to help those in poverty, we first have to ask, exactly what is poverty?