Thursday, July 29, 2010
Who are the Privileged?
Abe V Rotor
The privileged today, according to Ivan Illich, a social thinker, are not those who consume most but those who can escape the negative byproducts of industrialization - people who can commute outside the rush hour, be born or die at home, cure themselves when ill, breathe fresh air and build their own dwellings.
The underprivileged are those who are forced to seek satisfaction through having instead of doing to consume with the "packaged goods and services designed and prescribed by professionals."
... people must arm themselves with the self-confidence and the means to run their own lives as far as possible, especially as big institutions like schooling, medical care and transport today are creating more problems than they solve.
Acknowledgment: Ecology for Beginners, Croall S and W Rankin, Pantheon Books