Poor can be overwhelmed into inaction
Why? Let's try to put ourselves in their shoes.
You are thinking about cleaning the garage (or the basement, or your desk). Actually, you have been thinking about it for weeks. Well, to tell the truth, you have been thinking about it since last winter when you were trying to find room in the garage for the snow blower.
It is a hopeless mess, but today is the day you are going to tackle it. Getting started is the problem, because with a mess like that, there is no logical place to begin.
So you decide to have a beer first, and watch a couple innings of the ball game. Hold that thought. Right there, in that moment, you are in their shoes. You may spend only half an hour watching the game, and you will eventually get to your task - but in those 30 minutes of doing nothing, you know exactly how they feel all day each day. At least with cleaning the garage, there is an end in sight. But for the poor, the task seems to have no beginning and no ending. They can't get enough together even to get started - a down payment, transportation, protection from an abusive husband, an education.
Their life is like that all the time. It is too big a mess even to know where to begin. So they try to forget it by enjoying some "luxuries," having a beer, watching TV, etc.
Mental note: Don't judge their "laziness" too quickly.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw