Posted by Alex Dominguez on Sunday December 24, @11:58AM
from the dept.
I have spent much of this year arguing over the causes of violence and can sum up my position with the following statement:
Anytime one group is in power, it is incumbent upon that group to treat all groups below it exactly as members of that group treat their own group. Anytime this does not happen, the lower group feels slighted, and it is only a matter of time before they protest.
The crux of my message is based in the response to those who say ``Why should we support those who don’t work as hard as we do, or who are not as smart, or who do not have as much money?’’
The key is growth, all nation’s empires, companies, etc. either grow, decline or stagnate. To grow you must attract employees, citizens, etc. by providing opportunity. Those who seek to merely profit from another group eventually sow distrust. Those who legitimately try to create wealth, even among the less fortunate, create a self-sustaining system.
This process, of course, means those in charge must reinvest in their enterprises, and not merely live off sweat of their lower classes. They must reject the trappings of wealth _ greed, laziness, elitism, materialism _ and concentrate on furthering their concern through continuing education of themselves and those beneath them and by reinvesting in their system, whether it is governmental infrastructure such as roads and schools, or new factory equipment.
And they must provide true upward mobility to all, even if it means their group will no longer be in charge because they can rest in the comfort that their group will be treated as fairly as they treated the other groups.
Posted by Alex at December 24, 2000 11:58 AM