Last week, I described six American babies, born on July 4: a blond white boy, red-headed white girl, daughter of undocumented Mexican parents, boy of Middle-Eastern descent, Native American girl, and gay black boy. All except the blond white boy have inborn characteristics of gender, race, ethnic origin and/or sexual orientation that people with historical power dislike, even hate.
It is probable that most of these babies will be born into poverty, a burden in addition to their inborn, unchangeable characteristics. The blond white boy can be included here, too. Wealth and income inequality, often the result of long-standing oppression, cruelty, violence and prejudice, is the great un-equalizer in our country.
Let’s go all-in for the first method of overcoming the babies’ problems. If every human suddenly remembers that every other human was once an innocent newborn baby and that every other human is therefore basically good, we can drop the racism, hate and prejudice. The “reasons” for those negative feelings are bogus. People are born certain ways that they can’t help, and there’s no reason to hate them for it. We can smile at each other, talk with each other and have compassion for those whom history has put into difficult situations.
The United States must upgrade its infrastructure soon and the world must reverse the results of global warming very soon or dire situations will get much worse, possibly catastrophic. The US must lead in the global warming reversal because we did the most to create the problem. Both of these monumental projects will require major resources and many workers. We have to figure out how to match people living in poverty with jobs that can be done near where they live or perhaps move them to the jobs. We are intelligent people who can figure out how to do whatever we set our minds and hearts to do, but we will need huge amounts of money to upgrade the infrastructure, reduce/eliminate the causes of global warming and turn to renewable, sustainable energy.
If we all respect and like each other, we will have no need nor desire for war. We can bring our troops home, stop killing and maiming people, stop supplying others so they can maim and kill, and still retain a great defensive force to protect ourselves if needed. The vast amount of money we will save as a result of cutting at least 80% of our military budget can go toward our two projects. Add in more taxes on the ultra-rich and the removal of tax loopholes for the large corporations that make very large profits, and we have enough resources to get far into our tasks.
The more people who are working, the more money is generated through sales tax, more buying of goods, more buying of houses, etc. People who have what is considered a low standard of living can lift themselves up to a more secure lifestyle. There is no rule that says that we have to have people living in poverty for the economy to work. It is detrimental to the people and to the country if poverty prevails. The opioid epidemic must be addressed, and plentiful, available jobs can go a long way to helping cure it.
We all have to approach our situation honestly. Those who live comfortably must be committed to helping others to achieve such comfort. Those who are currently living in poverty must be committed to seizing new opportunities. This will take some time and a great deal of will. After all, we’ll be trying to alter the results of all of human history.