Inequality In Anna Quindlen's Homeless

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Albert Einstein once said, “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Einstein’s quote highlights that living unselfishly is like living life as a whole new person. In regards to living unselfishly, as human beings we are considerably selfish. Throughout the adolescent stage in our lives we are taught, “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” but why are there circumstances where treating others with the same respect that we languish is forgotten? The answer to this may be difficult for some to answer. From personal experience, treating others with respect is not a hard task, however, there are numerous situations where I tend to forget my moral and ethical values, and my actions are unjustified. Ethics and morals helps an …show more content…
Inequality is treating someone differently just because they look or act different than a “normal” person. One of the main unequal problems that we have today is homelessness. Why is it that we as a society treat someone different just because they don’t have a home and why don’t we stop to help them? As Anna Quindlen describes in her article Homeless, she simply has an answer to this question, “It has been customary to take people’s pain and lessen our own participation in it by turning it into an issue.” Although we as human beings feel good about ourselves when putting someone down, or not treating them fairly those who know how to take the higher road will make themselves stronger, “repression works only to strengthen and the knit the repressed,” (chapter 19). The effort mankind takes to further his or her own success often comes with the consequence of jeopardizing another's future. For example, the gender pay gaps between men and women have been different from the beginning of time till now in the 21st century. Although there is still little to inequality between men and women, “ Throughout much of the 20th century women earned about 60% or what the average man did” (source 5). We as a society have a tendency to only help an individual when the time is most convenient for us. However, the moral and ethical basis that most people are brought up upon, is when those whose morals are higher than their ego therefore we should, “Fear the man when manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of manself, and this one quality is man…” (chapter 14), because if the “man” who has strong moral and ethical values, that “man” will not stand for an injustice such as inequality and their morality will outweigh their selfish

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