During six months we learned about the most unequal and the most equal countries. And that’s in the developed world concerning income.
We also searched for patterns of historical circumstances and current systems in place which encouraged the creation of cultures of greed and sharing.
contributors to in/equality – table created in 2020
What can we do to reduce and eventually erase inequality?
Some of our findings are referring to cultural predispositions sprouting from the past. Colonisation on a large scale or harsh environmental conditions bounding people equally.
There is a lot we can do. I am sure that you can find out yourself. Even so, here is some inspiration.
Rising awareness about inequality and accessible education could help. Also, exposure to diversity and cross-cultural friendships. Let’s work together on a project with people we wouldn’t otherwise interact with and bring the barriers down. It can be anything. A community litter-pick, an allotment project or something more complex.
The other indicator of inequality in our research was income and corporate tax.
Could we create a local campaign group demanding a complete abolition of tax havens and increased tax for the rich? Or join an existing one such The Equality Trust’s groups spread across the UK? Why not. Let’s make our voices to be heard together!
You could have noticed that social expenditure in most unequal countries is low.
Could we increase it by campaigning too and support those in need by our taxes?
And homelessness? It seems to be unrelated to income inequality in our findings. However, could it suggest that there is a shift happening? Belgium becomes a more unequal country and Portugal will belong to the most equal countries one day? This could well be happening.
Whatever it is, should not homelessness completely disappear?
How it is possible that in the ‘developed’ world there are people hungry and sleeping rough in the first place?
What we can do about it?
If I am not able to help homeless people financially at all the time, would it help if I at least don’t ignore them?
Of course, it would. Ask people on the streets how they feel when those passing them by pretending that they don’t exist. And listen to what they say.
If nothing just look at them and tell them, at least, ‘I don’t have change now, sorry’ if you don’t. Or spent a minute to talk to them. They are people with feelings and stories you would never dream of.
Would it be worth to volunteer for an organisation helping homeless people? Or even create one? And over again what about campaigning and raising awareness. Could there also be different ways you could help?
The most unequal countries charge for it. As only the ones with money might pursue it.
How could we change this? Could we start to learn about whatever we enjoy by ourselves? Then find like-minded people and join groups? There is an amazing quantity of good quality information out there to learn from. If we topped it up with some ‘hands-on’ experience and volunteering in the field of our choice, would we still need a diploma to enjoy future employment?
Who knows. There might be some cases where you would have to go to university. But there campaigning might help too again.
If we don’t create a pressure on the systems which are currently working for the privileged the most who will then?
As you see there are many things we could do on a personal level and on a communal level to decrease and eventually erase inequality.
No matter how big or small our efforts are. But what matters is to have a vision of a better world for all and walk towards it by the way we think and act.
And when we fall we need to get up and carry on.