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July 31, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letter from Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What happened to our rights?

Is equality based in our rights? If so, what rights are the driving forces in obtaining equality for all? Is it human rights, the right to equal opportunity beyond race or socioeconomic status, or the right to have access to resources that meet our needs? All of these are mere parts of the whole.

Though there are many systems and norms that keep us from finding a path toward true equality, the one that I will focus on is the current monetary system. We have bought into this system which has allowed a select few to place power and influence over us because of their mass possession and socially accepted entitlements. Systems such as this continually promote resistance against the natural God-given gifts of which our Earth provides. Our planet has the capability to provide all of the resources necessary sustain us and allow us to prosper. Yet, through greed and appetite for power, many suffer and go without.

Equality is fractionalized even more deeply through competition for gaining greater shares than what people need, while others are left wanting. “I am a billionaire” vs. “I can’t pay my bills.”

Further, corporations ran by the elite place profit above humanity. Modern life is similar to a real-life game of Monopoly where each property is already owned, yet you are allowed to continue to pass GO and collect a minimal amount of money to continue the game. We remain as rats; running this race to pursue what was in the beginning given, and now is divided. Seeking possession and the efforts to retain such possession currently seems to define our modern world.

At a local level, separation and inequality are fueled through even further judgments and tolerances for unpopular yet accepted behaviors. Our local culture judges race, titles, economic status, what job you have, your family name, what groups you belong to, and whether or not were born and raised in Logansport.

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