Lune Fromage: Born of Stardust dances the line between two worlds...
I worked all day today, so I didn’t have time to pull my hair at all. I have noticed that when I keep busy (except when I am writing papers for school or otherwise incredibly stressed but not physically moving very much) I tend to not pull as much. I didn’t pull at all today. I was as busy as a bee.
Bee’s don’t pull their hair either, so perhaps they’re good role models in this regard. But I am not so certain that I would want to be a bee. Bees do not seem to have much choice as to their position/job in the hive: They are just born into it. That is true for many humans too. I like to think that I have a choice, but the truth is that classism is a lot more binding than we would like to believe—even in highly progressive and developed countries. Often times people are unable to pursue their dreams due to lack of finances, education, access to support, and a myriad of other road blocks. Sometimes people can get past these roadblocks, but it is dangerous and inaccurate to say that people who do not get past road blocks are somehow lazy or incompetent. We, as a society, tend to put all the responsibility for success on an individual. We claim that everyone has access to the same tools, finances, education, support etc., but that simply is not so. Equality of opportunity is the great big American (or first world) lie.
We kick people when their down when we imply that those who need a helping hand are somehow moochers and those who are rich are the providers of the world. The wealthy act as though they are Atlas holding up the world, but the truth is that the titans do not hold up the Earth, indeed the Earth holds up the titans. People of wealth talk about cutting “entitlements” for those who do not have, however we never talk about cutting the entitlements of the wealthy. The wealthy have a sense of entitlement to land and resources that they or their ancestors often stole from others. Why does posession of money entitle one person to food, water, health care, and shelter more than someone else? Often those who not have much money work much harder and produce much more for society than those with money, so it’s ridiculous to say that the posession of money is a fair indication of how much one contributes to society. Not to mention all the people who do hard work without being paid for it such as volunteers, parents, and many undocumented workers. Even if someone produces nothing for society, are they not people worthy of food, shelter, and life? It seems like we’re saying that we believe in the death penalty for the high crime of not producing enough.
No, I do not think that our lot in life is much different than a bee. Some of us have a little bit of choice and mobility. Some of us have the resources to get ourselves more choice and mobility. But many do not and that isn’t their fault. If anything, it’s all of our faults for letting the world get to a point where one person can have 10 mansions across five private islands while another person can struggle to work in a sweatshop nearly 24/7 to barely feed themselves and their family. We delude ourselves by believing that we are all freer than we are and then using this delusion of absolute freedom as an excuse to cast aside those who need help. At least Bees take care of everyone in the hive.