Work For It
Some people sit back and think about how good of a life they have, while others are wondering why they are constantly feeling like they are at a disadvantage. This is what Namit Arora, discusses in his essay “What Do We Deserve?” He often thinks to himself, “How much of my good life do I really deserve? Why me and not so many others?” (Arora 87) and what he means by this is, why is it fair that he receives so many rewards in life when others are struggling to pay the bills. Well I completely agree with him; not everyone is going to have the same rewards in their lives because of many different factors including family background, genetics, environment and so on. However, while one might not start off as wealthy or intelligent or as athletic as someone else, it does not mean that they do not have the opportunity to become as great as the people who are more fortunate. So when it comes to the social and economic justice in today’s society, I would come up with a model that allows all people to have equal opportunities to achieve whatever goal they would like to achieve no matter what type of living condition that they are born into. This idea sounds almost identical to the already existing model called the Libertarian model. The Libertarian model is one of which “distributive justice favors a free market with well-defined rules that apply to all” (Arora 87). In other words, all people get the equal chance to work for they want in life. However adding on to this model, I would create programs that help out everyone who is struggling, whether they are rich or poor. This idea is similar to the Meritocratic mode, which is a model that helps out the needy and less fortunate. As one can recognize my new model is somewhat of a mixture between the Libertarian and the Meritocratic, however it is still a little different because instead of the government only helping out the “less fortunate,” they would actually be helping anyone who is willing to take the time and effort to put in extra work, no matter what the individual’s income is. One might begin to realize that starting off at the same place as everyone else is not always the best way to go about things, and when we ask ourselves the question of “What Do We Deserve”, I think it all comes down to the fact that we get what we work for and as long as everyone has the opportunity to reach for their goals, than what someone receives as a reward is a direct reflection of how hard they worked for it. It can be argued that since everybody is not starting off with equal advantages, than these people actually have fewer opportunities to succeed in life. Arora gives personal insight about this theory by mentioning his own life; for example, “ I was born into the upper-caste, riding on eons of unearned privilege over 80 percent of my fellow Indians. I was also a boy raised in a society that lavished far more attention on male students…”(Arora 87) and he goes on by talking about how he is a lot more privalaged than others around him. Some people might also agree that this is a very unfair advantage that does not treat everyone equally, however I strongly disagree because although someone might have been raised in a poor neighborhood, or perhaps was not born as naturally talented as someone else, these people could still push as hard as they can to achieve great things. For example, American political Philosopher Michael Sandel describes the Libertarian model as one which, “citizens are assured equal basic liberties, and the distribution of income and wealth is determined by the free market” (qtd. In Arora 87). Everyone having equal liberties sounds fair to me, however some argue that since a great deal of families are not as fortunate or as wealthy as others, than they think they are set up for failure and are set at an unfair disadvantage. It is true that everyone is at different levels in their lives, which affects the amount of opportunities that they are able to receive,...
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