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The Concept of Voluntary Poverty

Voluntary Poverty: Forgoing The Pursuit Of Wealth

Voluntary Poverty: Forgoing The Pursuit Of Wealth

History shows us plenty of examples of people pursuing goals that are not towards earning wealth.

The Roman statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus had a successful public career but made no money, even though he came from an impoverished family. There are many such examples from India, where learned and creative individuals chose to live an impoverished life.

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