Inequality. It’s everywhere. You look around, you see it, but you ignore it.
The definition of inequality: difference in size, degree, circumstances, etc.; lack of equality. So, is it really possible to combat inequality? Well personally I say no, however we as the youth of this world can help change inequality into a good thing, just because a person is different it doesn’t make them a monstrosity or a mutant, it makes them human.
Inequality ranges from the colour of your skin, to the sex you were born. However, what many people don’t realise is the long-lasting effects of inequality. One effect inequality has that many people don’t realise is that it has a huge impact on economic growth, due to workers earning different wages. This means the country becomes unstable as they have the rich and the poor which creates inequality in power. Haven’t you noticed how all politicians have plenty of money to fall back on, or how they’re all from exclusive private schools you’d have to pay reams of fees before you could even think about having a place? That’s because of inequality my friend. Inequality of social class, and yes, I know many people see this as a thing of the past but look around you, children born into wealthy families are able to afford to do extra-curricular activities such as The Duke of Edinburgh or NCS which entitles them to gain more UCAS points and therefore be accepted into higher universities. Sounds unfair, doesn’t it? Well that’s inequality for you, but surely there is a way to conquer it? There is. We have a politician that isn’t from a wealthy family, someone that has actually worked hard to get where they are, instead of using daddy’s credit card to buy their way there. Someone who knows a thing or two about how to make the world a better place, because at the end of the day that’s all we need.
Another way inequality strikes that people may not realise is through health care. Many countries don’t offer free health care, fortunately for me I live in a country that does offer healthcare, nonetheless I still notice this and people are actually dying from this, many of these people are children who don’t even have the opportunity to improve economically which could actually improve the whole country economically and higher the countries GNP. The worst part is it can be stopped easily just through one simple gesture, free healthcare and I understand that some countries may have problems such as an ageing population, however we need to put our priorities first. Would you rather live in a country where children are dying from illnesses? Or would you rather live in a country where children are the future, trying their hardest to get the best jobs possible, you never know one of those children may grow up to become a cardiologist and save others lives.
Surprisingly, there is more ways inequality can affect a country and one of the most common is through higher crime rates. So how does this work? Well coming from a family who haven’t always had a lot of money I’ve seen it many of times. It starts with money, families with less money will be unable to afford some goods, I’ve seen families so poor they are unable to afford the daily basics like eggs, milk etc. so they turn to crime, crimes such as shoplifting as they can’t afford these things, crimes such as drugs as they feel that low they turn to something to numb the pain. This has a spiral effect on the whole area as if there’s more crime the area becomes designated to people with little money due to the fact people with money and stable jobs don’t want to be in an area they can be targeted. So this small area in the town or city becomes worse and worse, businesses close down as they are not making any profit; Muggings become more popular in the area which again makes more people leave; Graffiti begins to show making visitors less likely to come to this area; Many buildings become derelict creating an unpleasant scenery. All of this tends to happen in the inner-city area of a town or city which creates a “Doughnut effect”. The worst of all is that these actions and crimes imprint onto the children in the area, they grow up around this, some know no better and this will continue generation after generation until we do something. To help or prevent this from happening councils need to work together to create a rehabilitation program, create more attraction to the area by cleaning the area up this would allow businesses to reopen creating more jobs, lowering the unemployment rate, and reducing the crime rate as people will not have the need to steal; build youth centres to stop kids getting involved with crimes; bring more police to the area to prevent gangs forming; Create more attractions people can come and visit such as bars or monuments; Rebuild the derelict homes creating a more visibly pleasing sights but also homes.
So, can we combat inequality? Well yes, we can but only if we as the next generation work together to target certain affairs and make this world a better place.