I think one of my least favorite phrases recently has become ‘wealth inequality’, or its cousin ‘wealthy disparity’. Why? Simply because I hate the attitude these two phrases have created in society. We live in a ‘life is fair’ culture. I observe this attitude on an almost daily basis, especially on my college’s campus. People have a Robin Hood ideology: “Let’s take from the rich and give to the poor!” This mindset stands out particularly when I am around people my age, millennials. I hate to break it to anyone who has this mindset, but life is not fair.
Financial or status incentives provide the motivation for many young entrepreneurs or creatives, and they make something of themselves. Sometimes, people just seem to get lucky and are born into wealth or are essentially handed money and status. Others may not achieve these things in their lifetime. SO many in the world are born into poverty, and struggle to simply survive. Many struggle with finances their entire lives, accumulate debt and never accumulate wealth. There are some in this section that simply do not have a work ethic and therefore do not make money, but it is becoming less and less politically correct to discuss those people (which is sad).
The thing about these two factions of people is that there IS wealth disparity-and that is okay! Yes, let us try to alleviate poverty and suffering and help others make a better life for themselves-that is simply Biblical! However, trying to deprive others of what they have been blessed with or have worked to earn is ridiculous. When did it start sounding like a good idea to help someone out by taking from someone else? So many people advocate for a socialist fix to the ‘wealth inequality issue’. However, what happens in countries that are socialist and deprive people of truly tasting the reward of the fruit of their labors? People become unmotivated, the country experiences brain drain and no one truly gets to feel the joy of creating something worthwhile or starting something that actually creates profit.
Is this what we want for our country? I would hate to see that happen; the fact that hard work truly does pay off in our country and that people can work to make their dreams reality is one of my favorite things about the United States. Instead of advocating for equal money distribution, why don’t we strive to become better stewards of our money and our creativity, and work to help our struggling neighbors as best we can? With this mindset and the freedom the U.S. gives to move up the ladder, I can see a bright future.