The kid who is born in the suburbs, whose parents stick together, who lives comfortably, and has his college paid for before he gets out of high school has a distinct advantage going into adulthood.
The kid who is born in the projects, who has no father figure in his life, who does not have adequate clothing, and has to drop out of high school to help his mom with the bills, has a distinct disadvantage going into adulthood.
They will start out their adult lives with two extremely different starting points.
So how do we remedy this? Do we redistribute wealth and Robin Hood the world? Take from the rich and give to the poor?
I don’t think so. Theft is still theft regardless of the motivation behind it.
If someone starts life at mile 3, and ends up at mile 15, they have significantly improved the starting point for their children.
The person who starts at 15, oftentimes will end their race at mile…15. They might have had a better starting point, but if they didn’t do anything with it then what does it matter? There is value in striving to not only improve your life, but the lives of those around you, and the lives of the generation after you. You cannot take pride in reaping benefits from someone else’s hard work.
It’s right for children to reap generational benefits from their parents… It’s also right for children to reap the generational disadvantages. The only thing that we are all equal in is the fact that we had no control over the hand we were dealt.
We can’t control where we start, we can only control the progress we make and hand it off to our children.
If your starting point is further along than someone else’s, you should help them along, help them grow and get better. That being said, don’t neglect your own growth. It’s not wrong for someone to go further in life just because there are some who aren’t as far along the path.
If your starting point is farther back than everyone else, while your circumstance sucks, your goal should still be to further your own status in life and help others to do the same as well. You might have a further distance to go, but the reward is greater when you can look back and see how far you have come.
Improve your status, and help others who are less fortunate to do the same.
Regardless of your starting point, the above sentence should ring true.