Over a century ago, Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, orator, writer, statesman and one-time slave, clearly outlined the consequences of inequality. “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
Today, we live in a fast paced global world where knowledge sharing is instantaneous. Injustice and inequalities can no longer be swept under the table. David Korten, economist, author, political activist, argues that, “In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of ‘the Haves’ over the human rights of ‘the Have Nots’ is inevitably called into serious question.”
Perhaps our interconnected world will bring us more quickly to a tipping point where we recognize that equality, however flawed or imperfect it may be in reality, will grant us the privilege of continued existence.
“Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.”
― Søren Kierkegaard