Deserving

Those who have and always want more deny the Rest of Us decent livings and a hopeful future, arguing that we get what we deserve. If you are homeless, having lost your job, your savings, and finally your personal shelter, it’s your own damn fault. As for a livable wage, or even a higher minimum, forget about it. The market determines our just desserts and, frankly, you don’t deserve it.

While a floor is easily discernible in our economy—after all, one can’t get below nothing—the sky is the limit for those at the top. They are the people who own multiple residences across the globe, each costing millions, or the equivalent to thousands of us trying to scrape by on $7.25 an hour.

And guess what? These extremely privileged individuals believe in their heart of cold hearts that they deserve every penny in their myriad financial accounts and capital acquisitions.

Surely this is wrong. Why do millions suffer so that a few can accumulate ad infinitum?

If being employed is far more than a paycheck, providing dignity and self-worth, an economy premised on people mattering would be so arranged and so operated as to make certain that each of us had a job. Period. And each job would pay a livable wage.

But what about markets and competition and efficiency? Well, what about them? They clearly don’t work to the betterment of humankind. This system rigged by the extractors admits no boundaries at the top while consigning most of the world’s population to misery and want.

Why do we put up with it?