By Courtney Brooks
A person’s perspective of the wealth and inequality crisis facing the United States depends on where you fall on the spectrum of wealth and income. It has been said that one person’s concept of wealth is another person’s understanding of poverty, and unfortunately the majority of us are all too familiar with the latter. You can throw out all the numerical data you want to prove that wealth inequality exists, but when it comes down to it, the rich are getting richer as the poor are getting poorer and there is no end in sight.
The United States is a great nation, but we are far from equal. We have become a country that operates profoundly on ethical egoism. From the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor, we are no longer looking out for the greatest good for the greatest majority. We are growing increasingly selfish and are adapting to a mindset that leaves room only to care for one’s own well-being.
Money is equivalent to power, but to make money you have to have money. For those who have an abundance of wealth at their disposal, this system is fantastic. But for those who weren’t born into the top 1%, especially we college students who are entering the real world with student loans and an entry level position if we are lucky, this system is catastrophic. We desperately need to bridge the wealth and inequality gap to have any chance of a successful future.