Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80 percent of the world's population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.
With inequality levels rising and the poverty gap widening around the world its fair to infer that access to education will also become harder to access when survival is the prime objective for so many people. For half of the people in the world and arguably more, it comes down to this; purchase basic necessities like, water, food, shelter or pay for school and books?
Matt Damon once said “The problem in this world is not civil disobedience…the problem in this world is civil obedience.” In that same speech at the Howard Zinn memorial he goes on to say that we now live in a system where not only inequality is promoted but now we have let our system of governance prey on us. He goes on saying, "Todays system imprisons people for petty and technical small penalties, while it keeps people who commit enormous crimes out of prison".
So the question comes to be; who does this system serve, and why are things getting worse? and if this system isn't serving the common families any longer why are we allowing it to proceed?
Woody Allen responded to a question in respect of why he thinks this world is getting harder and harder for the common person to survive saying, "It seems the world is divided into the good and bad people. The good ones sleep better while the bad ones seem to enjoy the walking hours much more." This is just another celebrity who is coming out like many others saying that things need to change but the problem and the answer lies within our own ability to stand up for our rights, or like Matt Damon said, "a need for civil disobedience".
The result of our compliance and silence for so long is that so many billions of people don't have access to basic education or basic necessities, but the problem is only fueled by our inability to stand up, and our lack of resistance to this system that keeps robbing us of the wealth that we all hope to pass on to our children.
Nelson Mandela like others is a visionary who embodied resistance against injustice and inequality to the point that he gave up his freedom for 27 years. Mandela, Matt Damon, Woody Allen, Matin Luther King Jr, John Lennon, and so many more revolutionaries in their own way were the dreamers, who inspired and laid the way for the future and present generations to stand up and call out injustice for what it is; evil.
If we want to change the system we first need to change ourselves and not comply when the system fails to represent us and instead represent a tiny unknown minority. We outnumber the elite by the billions, and their worse fear is that we will realize this. Like the Grasshoppers in the movie Ants, the elite keep us in check by intimidating us in so many levels that we become too scared to exercise our freedom and burning desire to be free. We must not accept this modern form of slavery where the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. Where the poor eat dirt, and the rich eat banquets to then trash what they don't eat or look at. Where the poor can't educate themselves or elevate their status while the rich are building colonies in the moon.
If we want education we must demand it, and if our demands are not met, we take matters into our own hands and take what uncompromisingly already belongs to us. Our future!
Written by Juan Angulo
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