Money is not the root of all evil, the unfair distribution of wealth is the root from which evil has sprung. There are people who live lavish lifestyles off of the sweat and tears of others while those who are shedding sweat and tears are barley making ends meet. We can have a huge debate on who the true and living heirs to the wealth of land are, but I’ll leave that for a later date and time. This is a case of the have’s and the have not’s……No, not the have not’s of Ma’at, but let’s take a look at the state of existences when truth, justice, and equality doesn’t come into play.
Cruising through my city from one end of the spectrum of existence to the other, it was plain to see the effects of living in lack versus living in abundance. I witnessed folks starting their morning off playing golf, playing tennis, having brunch at their favorite bistros, carrying their puppies like newborn babies showing absolutely no stress or pressure of having to report to work at a set time for peanuts for the sake of their livelihood. “This is the life!” …one might say.
Down the expressway, under the overpass, across the tracks there was another state of existence coming into view. I observed folks standing at the stop waiting for the city bus to arrive. I witnessed mothers pushing their babies in strollers while walking their children to school. I witnessed women in maid uniforms speed walking double time towards the historic hotel where they are employed. I witnessed bumper to bumper traffic with a side dish of road rage. I noticed that from one area of the city to the other not only did the smooth structure of the streets change, so did the atmosphere.
The contrast of the state of existence are very different , to say the least. I observed one group of folks eating, drinking, or just being merry while only a hop and a skip away there were folks living in a constant state of fight or flight. There were those with paying bills constantly on their mind robing them of their peace, then there were those with dollar bills for fine wine all the time. Living a life of luxury and peace with what would seem like “Not a care in the world.”
In the end, I can not say that all the “Have’s” didn’t deserve what they have or the lifestyle it affords them; nor can I say that the “Have not’s’ deserve the life of constant stress and worry of financial matters. I just feel that the playing field is unbalanced. Just a day in the life of taking my daughter, who is dressed in her uniform, to work in the historic part of town.
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