Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing great. I want to apologize for my long break from blogging. The demands of academic work took a toll on me hence my absence long absence. But hey, it didn’t stop my mind from bubbling with copious thoughts which I would be unleashing in the coming weeks.
While growing up, my mum always told me “No human is an Island” anytime I withdraw myself from the company of people and keep to myself. She told me every human has a role to play on earth. She even cited the mentally also contribute their quota towards the well being of society.
When I became discerning, I realized that humans in society have been stratified based on their occupation, income, wealth and social status. Sociologists distinguish four main types of social stratification, namely slavery, estate, caste and social class and status. When it comes to the social stratification of people, we have the lower class which is typified by poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. The working class are minimally educated and engage in manual labor with little or no prestige. The middle class consists of white-collar workers who earn more than the lower class and working class. There is the upper class which consists of people who make money from investments, business ventures. There are also some who belong to the aristocratic and high society families whose wealth is transgenerational.
I’ve come to realize that, those who belong to the upper echelons of the social class tend to belittle those who belong to the lower echelons of the social class. Those in the lower class are usually disregarded when it comes to major decision making and sometimes written off because they are seen to be good for nothing. But are they actually good for nothing?
Let me tell you a story. There once lived a King called Saul. He ruled over the people of Israel. One day Saul had a problem. He was possessed of a demon and the only remedy to this ailment is a man who is skilled at playing a harp. King Saul gave an order for such a man to be brought to him. A young shepherd boy in the person of David was found fit for this job. Anytime he played the harp, the evil spirit in King Saul departed from him.
One day, King Pharaoh who happened to be the King of Egypt had a dream he didn’t understand. He resorted to his magicians and wise men for interpretation of the dream but they couldn’t be of help. The one who was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream was a young man named Joseph who was a prisoner in a dungeon.
Naaman was a valiant soldier who was highly regarded by the king of Aram. He was commander of the army of the King and brought him many victories. Naaman was struck with leprosy at a point in time. One day, a servant of Naaman’s wife suggested he go see a prophet in Samaria in the person of Elisha and he’d get healed. True to the servant’s words, Naaman got healed when they went to see him.
David, Pharaoh, and Naaman are people who belonged to the upper echelons of their society. These are people who wield power and seem to have it all until they were confronted with a challenge that could cost them their lives. Interestingly, the solution to their problem was in the hands of people we could easily write off. This connotes my mum’s advice that “everyone has a role to play in life” God in his infinite wisdom created us in a way that, our survival on earth requires the combination of the skills of every human. We all need each other to survive.
Unfortunately, most of us are oblivious of this. We discriminate against people who don’t seem to fit into our scope of life. We demean them and make them feel insignificant in society. Some people even go to the extent of subjecting them to inhumane treatments. Is it their fault that they find themselves in such conditions? If wishes were horses, won’t they have found themselves in the upper echelons of society?
I believe the fact that some people belong to the lower class doesn’t make them less human than people in the upper class. They are humans just like us and have to be treated as humans and nothing less. They are just victims of circumstances beyond their control. We need them to survive.
You might think you have it all until a situation presents itself. Same way you have something they don’t have, they also have something you don’t have. That is what brings us together as a people. Let’s humble ourselves and treat people with the respect and care they deserve irrespective of their social or financial status because we need each other to survive.
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