Privilege And Justice Essay

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Privilege And Justice


Privilege & Justice


Privilege, like a beautiful gift, comes in many shapes and sizes. The value of a privilege
is infinite depending on who the recipient is. The privilege of luxury bestowed upon a
wealthy person may not be as greatly cherished as the privilege of health insurance given
to a person of a lower economic class. In our world today, privilege is dispersed in many
forms and among many social classes. However, privilege seems to favor the wealthy as they
seem to promote from within their own groups. Social and economical privileges are
necessary among the elite to maintain their status among the Jones'; where as a privilege
granted to the poor, simply allows a more stable existence. Two examples of privilege that
are not material, but are equally as important, are justice and piece of mind.
Unfortunately, these two privileges are likely to be less attainable to the lower class.


Wealth and privilege seem to go hand in hand in today's society; great advantages come
with being wealthy. For example, material items are abundant for people with money. Wealth
allows people to own anything they desire, from finest clothes and furnishings to the
automobile of their dream. Those who posses these items are already at an advantage, they
have what the latest magazines say you need and what everybody else wants. I find it a bit
discerning that these material items dictate the social order, but the fact is, they do.
Along with material items, beauty also determines your place in society. Once again, money
allows for people to make necessary adjustment to become beautiful if they were not born
"beautiful". It not only cost money to make physical changes in order to stay beautiful,
but it also takes money to keep your wardrobe up to date with the ever changing fashion
world.


It is my opinion that the greatest advantage of wealth would be the opportunity for
educational and technological enrichment. Being blessed with the finest education and most
up to date technology only solidifies the foundation for growth and further advancement in
life. Nearly everything that exists on the planet can now be researched through a web
site; that literally puts the world at your fingertips if you are lucky enough to have a
computer. In addition, high school and college students are being prepared for
professional career situations where it is likely they will be tested on their computer
knowledge. An individual who is computer literate and able to use a palm pilot or
communicate via e-mail already has the advantage. I do understand that not all privileged
people take full advantage of their learning opportunities. Afterall, how would they know
the value of a clean, safe, well-staffed classroom if they have never attended an inner
city public school?


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