To Speak of Class
To speak of class is to amplify and encourage the reality that we have all accepted different “levels” of equality, and that market forces and income determine one’s level of “human equality”. Class also allows for general acceptance of the notion that equality is inextricably and essentially tied to money and wealth.
Some camps of thought claim that they would actually let capitalistic and self-serving economics make this idea of equality equals income be the only measure of ones “worth”, while others would let nature take its course (as they see it) and only the strongest (wealthiest) individuals would be truly free to do as they like.
Today most assume a “fair” economic playing field, while in truth this game of economics is a chaotic clash of wildly differing cultural and nationalistic standards of equality and individual wealth income, a fundamentally unfair economic competition using differing and ever-changing rules. This allows for organizations and wealthy individuals to exert their will and force in the form of money to influence and cement in place forever their own personal security, safety, and wealth. Ever-increasing wealth and narrowing numbers of individual human beings controlling this wealth concentrate this vast pool of money into actions and uses for the sole purpose of security, luxury, influence, and ultimately control.
Control of what?
Control of that which generates the money– human’s state and national economies, consumptions, views, ways of life, national systems, and natural resources. The largely passive acceptance by the “under-informed populace” helps to constitute the creation and acceptance by this carefully controlled and manipulated mass of humanity the embodiment of what could only be called “anti-equality”. The simple phrase “money is the root of all evil” seems to fit here.
There has never been a natural need for a means of exchange that is artificial in nature, does not exist physically, and yet is clung to irrationally for the purpose of defining “worth”. The “worth” of produced objects, food, water, machinery, heating, cooling, transportation, fuel, and energy, now more than ever in history, is defined by “mentally constructed ideas of supply and demand, artificially constructed “perceived need”, and artificially enhanced commercially driven human desires Natural resources we commonly use to produce energy for combustion (burned) mechanical energy for transportation and heat energy (burning) of carbon exhaust-producing solid, liquid, gas, and radioactive substances proven deadly to humanity have distorted our collective intelligence about these proven dangers and fooled us into believing and basing our lives and pursuits on earning money to live at a “class level” that we believe we are deserving of. The “Highest Class Level” is said to be available to anyone in the U.S. and is held up to the world as a good thing, and claims that only under American Capitalism and (ahem) Democracy can one find both equality and the ability and environment in which to become rich. “Live the American Dream!”
I myself, according to current rates, am “worth” approximately $30/hr. when I wear my Professional Flooring Specialist hat (24 years owner/installer), $7.50/hr. when I work as Master Control Operator part-time at two commercial broadcasting stations, $10/hr. as general labor, and as much as $150 per player per gig when I perform in my original rock group Pontious Pilot.
Today, the measure of one’s “class” in society is entirely linked to money, the possession of wealth, fine possessions, homes, excess, and any manner of extreme human behavior deemed “acceptable” by “lower” classes due to a perception that wealth renders the wealthy above and immune to many laws, receive special treatment, etc. The word “Class”, by its very definition subdivides humanity into at least 3 different and unequal groups that have varied over the centuries but remain firmly entrenched in our psyche.
True Human Equality would see the ideas behind these words become obsolete: Starvation, War, Poverty, Economic Inequality, Wealth, Corruption, Politics, Expensive, Cheap, Budget, Security, Arms, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Handguns, Premature Death, Casualties, Troops, Presidents, Capitalism, Genocide, Mass Murder, Senators, Representatives, Lobbying, Theft, Influence, and just keep going with everything else we know we do because of selfish, self-serving emotionally-based reasoning.