Indulge me in a thought experiment.
Imagine that you have been born into a young, recently — in terms of world history — established country.
Imagine that country was established with the most progressive and forward thinking social contract ever created, establishing the concept that all people are equal in the eyes of the law and deserving of the same rights, privileges, and opportunities as all other people regardless of birthright, status, or wealth.
Imagine also that this social contract was created by people who were also inherently racist and misogynistic and despite creating this social contract had absolutely no intention of enforcing it fairly and equitably for all.
Instead, they would create a society in which “Law and Order” would be enforced on a hierarchal scale of ethnicity and socioeconomic status, creating a multitiered culture of opportunity and privilege vs poverty and oppression.
People would be policed more aggressively than the corporations they served.
Over the course of a couple hundred years, morality would come to only be defined and limited by that for which you could afford to not be held accountable.
Ethics and criminality of corporations would come to be followed by corporations based simply upon whether it was less cost effective to get caught violating them, and the even less likely possibility of being held accountable and liable for doing so, or not.
During this time, every step toward the appearance of equality for those oppressed would be met with newer, more advanced, more subversive means of legally and illegally suppressing and revoking those rights. This would continue to the extent that it would become the constant necessity of survival of those oppressed to continue forcing the country to try to achieve the lofty goals set out in its original social contract and to aggressively fight to defend every step of new ground they managed to claw their way onto.
Now imagine that roughly sometime between 190 to 226 years later you have been born into the better than 90% portion of the population that does not have access to the full rights, privileges, and opportunities this society had promised all who were part of it.
Would you be serving to maintain the imbalanced the constant tiered oppression, would you be fighting to claw your way to a slightly higher tier of privilege with no regard or concern for anyone else, or would you be fighting to level the field for everyone?
What lengths would you go to to achieve the goals of your choice?
If you are a United States citizen today, this is the societal culture you have been born into. What have you been doing about it? What will you do about it going forward?
Are you helping maintain the #Culturalinertia or striving to drive a course correction to help our nation live up to its original goals?
Why is that what you’re doing?