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Answer for question 4578.

If you could remove one thing from the world to try to make it a better place for all people, what would you remove? Why would you choose that?
This is a pretty big, but it is one thing. It is called structured inequality. It is the division of society into tiers according to education or income or gender or privilege or race or wealth or any other criteria according to which invidious distinctions can be made and then arranging these categories in a hierarchy of best, better, good and bad and then treating well or poorly according to the category they are in.

I believe, though i know that i will get plenty of contrary arguments for saying this, that we lived without structured inequality (i.e. social stratification) for a hundred thousand years or more with children being treated gently and respectfully, men and women treating each other as equals and very few or no reasons to make other kinds of distinctions.

Is there violence? Almost all of that would go away if humans treated one another as equals. Conflicts would consist of reasoned arguments, and if there was hunger or other deprivations they would be equaly shared by all.

There are still societies, i can hardly believe it myself, where every older woman is considered to be one's mother and every older man one's father and where every younger person is treated as one's son or daughter.

If your child asked you for bread, would you give him (or her) a stone? If you gave a child bread in the school cafeteria would you get fired?*

*This happened in Pocatello, Idaho last week.

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amaebi
Dec. 24th, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
Whether or not there has been a non-hierarchical society, I am very sure it's possible. If only we weren't so anxious to keep stepping on some Mack or other.
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
How did the letter "g" get added on to the word "kin" in the first place? The two words come from the same root.
amaebi
Dec. 24th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Do they? I had no idea.
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, the root word was the proto-Indo-European word "-gene," which meant "to give birth." It was the genesis of many important words including "kind" (meaning both "sort" and "gentle"}
amaebi
Dec. 24th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
Nice! Thanks!
amaebi
Dec. 24th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
Pocatello news
What was it that happened in the Pocatello cafeteria?
cathy_edgett
Dec. 24th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
I read that about the person giving food to a child and being fired. It is unbelievable.

I would love to live in a society as you describe - each of us treated as family with love, respect, and awareness a gift to us all!
cathy_edgett
Dec. 24th, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
I see now she was offered her job back because of a huge outcry against the firing.

She gave a school lunch worth $1.70 to a child planning to pay for it herself. It was called theft.

It truly is unbelievable that in a country this wealthy we have children coming to school hungry and we punish those who care. Ack!
davesmusictank
Dec. 24th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
I am so glad she got her job back. What a bunch of modern scrooges!
cathy_edgett
Dec. 24th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
I agree!!
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
I had not heard that she got her job back. I hope you heard right.
cathy_edgett
Dec. 24th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
The job was offered to her. I'm guessing she won't take it but maybe it depends on how desperate she is. She sounds like a very Good Soul. I'm thinking opportunities may present to her.

Petitions were signed in her support and defense. The "good" guys win!
amaebi
Dec. 24th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation!
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, it does look like she is going to get her job back.
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
She was told that she had committed "theft of school district property" and had "failed to accurately account for said property."
londonbard
Dec. 25th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
I like the way you think - may I add you?
bobby1933
Dec. 25th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Yes. :)
baron_waste
Dec. 25th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)


“we lived without structured inequality (i.e. social
stratification) for a hundred thousand years or more with
children being treated gently and respectfully, men and women
treating each other as equals and very few or no reasons to make
other kinds of distinctions.”

Have you the slightest shred of evidence for this astounding claim?

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