Oh Raam this is so beautiful and profound. I cannot add to it because the only poverty I have seen up close and personal is deep urban decay and American ghettos, a very different sort of thing.
I wish there was some way to bring equity to the world without also bringing the shallow values of the over-coddled. Is the price of an ungenuine smile too high to pay for the luxury of enough food, water, and warmth? It seems unfair.
A spiritual solution is likely worth more than a material one. But I do not know. Plenty enlightened have also starved.