I've been thinking about the problem of poverty, and the solution to it. People complain about having to support people who freeload. People who dont get a job, and we have to pay for them to survive. But sometimes the issue is more fuzzy. People want a job, but cant get one, but the blame could still be put on them because they didnt put in the work to obtain the knowledge and skills to make something of themselves. But the issue gets fuzzier still: What if it isnt the person's fault? They might be a product of their environment, raises around poverty and dont know to aim higher. Well do we just deal with it, feed them and pay for their medical care and that's just how the world works?
These are all far too fuzzy questions to be simply answered, so I thought of a solution where we, as a society, would take responsibility for providing "parenting", or motivational training, if you will, for all children, and when those children grow up after having been exposed to all of this information about possibility, and all being exposed to a great education, they're expected to compete with the rest of the world and survive, and if they dont, its certainly then their own fault, and they can starve, at their own choosing.
But there's still a big problem with that: Obviously, the world doesn't and probably never will work this way (links to my somewhat related question on World Builders SE).
I listen to motivational speeches sometimes, focusing on achieving something great myself, and sometimes I think about the rest of the world as a whole, and imagine myself giving a speech to someone who doesn't have an education like me, or who hasn't developed intelligence like me, someone who's about to spend highschool drinking and partying instead of pursuing a skill.
I imagine telling someone they can be incredible, do the things most people think are impossible, change the world, etc. That sounds fine and dandy. But the next thing I imagine is speaking to an audience of millions, or perhaps a speech published for all people to see. Then, as the question I linked above explores in an abstract way, that little speech deteriorates. It doesn't seem that it is possible for everyone to achieve greatness in their field.
It seems I cannot honestly tell an audience
"You can all do great, world-changing things, and accomplish massive dreams."
Not everyone can change the world, but if educated and inspired, we all seem to want to.
So what have philosophers had to say about this dilemma? What's the "answer" to such a problem?
The best answer I can figure would be "Try your best and you still might fail, get over it, some people are rich, some are poor, fight for your happiness with everything you have and accept the results." but perhaps there are more elegant philosophies on the subject. What are some philosophies that explore this problem and what different ways do they approach it?
I'm looking for philosophies which might offer an explanation of the issue that sounds a little more logical than "Well, life just sucks sometimes."