Hope within the world disparities

by RomyLeclerc on April 10, 2016 - 6:34pm

Inequalities have always been part of our world; some people will always have more than their neighbor. Indeed, the organization Oxfam recently released a report proclaiming that “48% of all global wealth is now held by the top 1% [of the world population]”.

As individual, we try to understand this problematic and to slow down its growth. To do so, most of the time, we turn ourselves to the mass media. However, most of them tend to draw only a negative picture of the planet’s economic situation and don’t offer any relevant information concerning the resolution of the issue.

Because I wanted to dig deeper into this subject, I wanted to find an article from an academic journal because this kind of periodical gives its readers some further clarification on a particular subject. The article I found was titled “What Can We Do about Economic Inequality?” was written by sociologist Juliet B. Schor and was published in the journal Anglican Theological Review in winter 2016. The author is reporting her own speech she has made on January 24th 2015 at the conference “Creating Common Good”.

Indeed, Schor explains why inequality is a real problem in our world. She puts the emphasis on the fact that economic power usually translates to political power. People who have lots of money often want to control their government’s decisions in their favor. She describes the problem as a “wicked” one because it is in fact really difficult to get rid of.

Unlike in the mass media articles, Schor shares with us not only the possibility of a “new world” but the awakening of a new one. She is showing that there is a possibility human beings find a way out of the growing phenomenon that is capitalism. Schor explains that a lot of people threw ideas to counter the disparities and some of them are actually in process. The mentality of some parts of the world is changing and people are becoming more aware of those inequalities. As cited by Schor, people tend to buy more local aliments and are more attentive to little extras they can do to lead a more responsible lifestyle. The article is teaching us how we can give a little help to this cause by citing different areas in our life we can improve. For example, we can choose new cooperatives that provide “weatherizing and energy purchasing”.

Usually, when we see this problem into the conventional news, we only see it in a thoroughly negative way. However, when we read this particular article, we react differently to the news. In fact, because the author gives many examples of people succeeding in promoting their ideas to build a better world, we feel that we can do something to reduce - even just for a little little bit - the world disparities. The article impacts us in a good way because we feel optimistic about human’s future. We see the problem through a different point of view and this what makes an article from an academic journal relevant.

If you want to learn more about inequalities, click here to see Oxfam’s report: https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2015-01-19/richest-1-will-own-more-all-rest-2016

To read Schor’s article, click here: https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-3947497011/what-can-we-do-about-economic-inequality