There’s a lot of political commentary floating around about the perils of income inequality.
This issue—which can lead to conflicts—is mask for a much larger, more pervasive, and more pernicious kind of inequality though. And this conversation masks discussing the core question, buried deep inside the second type of inequality.
Here’s the question that a conversation around income inequality can‘t touch: Why do some people become “successful” (whatever that means) and other people don’t (whatever that means)?
Labor Day is a day to focus around outcomes and inputs:
- Labor is an input. Work is an outcome.
- Effort is an input. “Success” is an outcome.
- Childhood is an input. Adulthood is an outcome.
- Actions are inputs. Consequences are outcomes.
Conflicts come about when there is an avoidance, an accommodation or an attack as an outcome related directly to deeply held perceptions about the nature, range and efficacy of a particular consequence, for a particular action.
Different people respond in a random variety of ways to inputs and outcomes, consequences and conflicts.
Trying to focus on equalizing responses—and thus removing the risk of conflicts related to differing outcomes—is an exercise best left to academics, politicians and political commentators on the news.
The celebration on this day should be about how successful and persuasive efforts have been (inputs) to create different, and materially better, outcomes, rather than continuing to circle the room, searching in vain for better outcomes.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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