Vision attended the launch of the project at the Royal Society of Arts where JRF Director, Julia Unwin suggested that underlying today’s problems are our growing affluence, avarice, alienation and anger.
Society’s increased affluence has resulted in environmental degradation, increased appetites and addictions, alienation between generations, tensions in diverse communities and a greater divide between today’s rich and poor. Our market economy has bred “the view that some human beings are of less value than others.” Unwin suggested that we need to learn to live together and share the benefits of our affluence, creating a “society in which all are valued and none are expendable.”
Unwin defined avarice as “the greed that subordinates the needs of others to the gratification of ourselves.” Two hundred years after the slave trade was abolished, slavery is still alive and well in new forms of human trafficking, often involving women and children. Migrant workers and refugees are treated with contempt as we fear sharing our wealth with others. Rather than welcoming refugees and asylum seekers, “so clearly a statement of fundamental human... [continues]
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