The poor and the not so poor

It is almost laughable to watch somebody who has a white collar job getting paid a decent wage to live a somewhat comfortable life– look down on poor people who work hard jobs in extreme conditions and get paid dirt cheap. And how they rally and criticize the poor of being lazy and accuse them of having a feeling of self-entitlement.

If you have known poverty like I have known it, you would know that life and our society are hard, extremely cruel and heartless that to start from the very bottom you have to be exceptionally strong and gifted to actually make it somewhat in the lower middle class.

I have said this many times, ask a child, any child, what would they like to be when they grow up; I bet none of them would say — I would want to be a criminal, I want to be thief Ior a scammer, I would work long hours in a factory for dirt cheap, or better yet I just want to be a leech to the society or a street beggar and be homeless and be despised when I grow up.

If all children didn’t dream to be any of the things I mentioned, then why do I see these kinds of people everywhere? What happened in between their childhood and adult life? So I ask myself and the whole of Society, what did we do wrong in raising these kids that they have become what they never wanted to be?

As Kahlil Gibran would put it:

But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.
And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree, So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.
Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self.
You are the way and the wayfarers.
And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.
Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

Yup, we are all to blame. So next time you see somebody you think is worthless and shouldn’t exist on this planet, think again. It is our collective fault. Instead of complaining and accusing them of their faults; acknowledge that you are partially to blame as they are also partially to blame on whatever grief they have caused you or the society. And keep in mind, that all the people you meet were once a child with flourishing and noble dreams and 99.99% of them have their dreams broken by us and now living a life that we unwittingly as a society chose for them.

I will tell a story set long time ago, when outright slavery of Black people was still legal. There were those slaves that work in the mines, farms and other extreme conditions, then there were those who work on the rich people’s yard, and then there were those who are “privileged” enough to be found worthy and fitting to work as house slaves and be entrusted with their master’s secrets and personal lives.

The yard slave would look down on the farm slave, and then the house slave looks down on the yard slave. All of them trying to please their white masters and sabotaging the lives of each other in hopes of being seen more worthy by their masters. When the farm slave complain about their condition, the yard slave rally so hard to fight against them and tell their master that these farm slaves feel so entitled and deserves less. The house slaves do the same thing to the yard slaves.

Little did they know, they were all nothing but slaves in the eyes of their white masters.

Many years passed by but nothing much changed, except nowadays 99% percent of the people are now slaves and only 1% is the masters. But wait, we all should rejoice because finally there is racial equality, because now all slaves come in different colors. (I’m being sarcastic of course).

I long for the time when we would all finally realized that unless you are Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Warren Buffet and the likes, regardless of your color, gender, sexuality, nationality and ethnicity — WE ARE ALL SLAVES. Yes you too, you are a slave, even if you have a white collar job and is getting paid $200,000 a year.