Isn’t it a great question… How can inequality drive change for good? The simple answer: It cannot.
Inequality, is a word we see bandied around in a variety of different contexts; social inequality, racial inequality, sexual inequality, political inequality, representative inequality… the list goes on.
At this juncture I probably need to qualify that I totally condemn inequality of any kind.
My point is: I believe that inequality has become a buzzword the politicians from all political backgrounds use to suit themselves. As a consequence, it is seen daily in the press and because of this, it is now meaning less and less every time we hear it.
The double-edged sword that we have made for ourselves has become the blessing and the curse of our modern world and we have made it an amazing place for media coverage.
There are very few places in our daily lives now where we are able to be in a quiet environment without inequality of some kind going on around us. We all rapidly become conditioned to hearing the same words over and over from multiple TV channels, radio stations, all over the Internet and in the newspapers so often, that any word, no matter how descriptive and meaningful that word maybe, soon becomes another soundbite and part of another routine that fails to register in our conscious thoughts as we go about our day.
Inequality is not a word that we can afford to become immune to.
Inequality is one of the most insidious words in the English language.
Or perhaps it is more accurate to say:
The most insidious problem in our society.
Irrespective of what many people say, it is still my opinion as an experienced Global traveller, that the United Kingdom is still one of the safest places to live in the world. I talk about this further in another article on this blog called ‘Why Social Change Has Become My Reason To Drive Change For Good’.
Even here though, we still have geographical locations where employment prospects are negligible and the morale of the local community is so low that it results in a disparity in life expectancy of almost 10 years shorter, than areas with better social and business infrastructure.
You could argue that there have always been parts of the country that have been less well off than others, isolated areas that have no through natural traffic like West Wales or Northern Scotland. They have always struggled to maintain stable economies outside of tourism, with wealth peaking in the largest cities and drifting outwards and downwards in a ripple effect into the surrounding countryside.
Historically you would be correct.
However, with these changes in society, the fact that makes this very different and more damaging is the fact that these people who have very little, with very little to look forward to in the long term, are able to watch and compare how intrinsically poor quality their lives are just by switching on the television or looking at social media.
It is this disparity between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ which causes the greatest damage.
Everyone has times in their lives when they are sideswiped by a situation, whether it be redundancy, bankruptcy, divorce or illness. The reason that the majority of us are able to overcome these situations and get our lives back on track is because we have emotional resilience.
The foundation of emotional resilience is the fact that we have been able to experience the good as well as the bad and have a comparison which enables us to understand the concept of things becoming better if we forge on instead of giving in.
This concept has been underpinned by a lifetime of experience, of knowing that by working through problems we can create success.
How can we have hope for the future if we are leaving a large proportion of our future adults to wallow in reality that says they have no possibility for a future that is different from their present?
How can we expect these people to become champions of our global community when they spent their formative years in a community that is fractured beyond repair, making people develop with a false idea of what reality could be?
It is time for those of us who have reasonable lives to stop thinking of ourselves as fortunate and start thinking of ourselves as the tools that will enable people in less fortunate situations to gain the necessary social experience; the necessary interactional capability and the belief in themselves to be able to go forward as our equals in society.
If we cannot do this for our neighbours, how will we ever expect to achieve this with other countries?
More importantly. If we WON’T do this for our neighbours, then our entire model of society has already become irreparably corrupted.
What do you think about this topic? I would love to hear your thoughts about it, so please comment below and please reach out if you would like to join forces with me in ending loneliness in every community.