Socioeconomic strata—the grade of people with reference to: occupation, education, wealth, and power—represents the core of social stratification. In order to understand why social stratification is critical in maintaining societal balance, we must first dispel the myth of equality.
If the population of a country were equal—in terms of the stratum listed previously—then mediocrity would be the maximum level of greatness that one could ever possibly achieve. There would be no reason for an individual to rise above the rest as upward mobility would be limited by those around them. Equality works to ensure that nobody stands out or has more power than the next guy.
The concept of equality can be viewed as a system of support for the weak at the expense of the strong. This is the type of thinking that consumes the minds of liberals, socialists, and communists.
Survival of the fittest is key.
In most modern societies there exists three primary social classes: upper, middle, and lower. Each of the primary classes can be subdivided into additional classes. Each class represents a measure of one’s success in life. It’s quite common to find just as many depressed wealthy people as poor. Money shouldn’t be viewed as a way to buy happiness, but rather as a way to secure freedom. In fact, there are plenty of happy poor people in the world. Some people are fine with getting by while others are never satisfied.
Some strata may be granted based entirely upon kinship rather than merit—and that’s perfectly fine! The people who inherit millions of dollars have forward-thinking relatives to thank—for their careful planning and saving has secured them a spot higher up the scale.
Social classes are like stairs—we all have the ability to climb as high as possible, but we often encounter interference from liberals and apologists who cry for equality while lambasting the successful. They believe it’s not FAIR that Person X was able to attend college, be well-educated, and land a highly successful job while Person N dropped out of high school and holds a cashier job making minimum wage. Some liberals will also try to convince you that increasing the minimum wage to that of a middle-class worker would be a major boost for the socioeconomics of the country, but they are terribly incorrect! Person N is not equal to Person X. If Person N was given a leg-up by political social justice warriors, it only works to reduce the value of Person X.
You can place a homeless bum in the driver’s seat of a brand new luxury vehicle, but that person is still a bum. By giving the bum something that is only attainable by others with great wealth does not transform the bum into a successful person—just a lucky person who will likely be carjacked and killed by a vicious predator.
Each of us is born with an equal potential. We all have a chance to go to school and become educated (in the US, we have a public education system). Some people choose to slack in school, get poor grades, and either drop out or barely crawl their way to graduation. After school, we then have a chance to attend college, expand our education, and eventually land a job that pays well. The entire system starts with an equal and infinite potential, but the choices we make and company we keep develops a pathway that leads to great success or unremarkable failure.
No one should be protected from the effects of their own stupidity!
We should strive to exist in a meritocracy where the more intelligent, talented, and productive people can rise above the rest. Some people have distinct talents while others perhaps haven’t yet discovered theirs. A meritocracy, however, requires social stratification.
Meritocracy is non-discriminatory; it doesn’t matter what your race or gender is. What matters is what you can actually do. If you decide to get a good education or learn a particular trade and have done well for yourself, you deserve my admiration. If you choose to slack off and do nothing beneficial for yourself, then you deserve my contempt. It’s the not the successful person that is preventing you from making more money or attaining all of those things you want—it’s you.
Your evolution is guided by the decisions you make. If your parents were factory workers who lived in the same town their entire life, odds are that you will follow in their footsteps. Genetics are powerful and perhaps factory work is the only thing you will ever excel at—that’s okay! The job has to be done and if you can do it well, so be it. You may not ever be part of the upper-class, but that’s okay too! The existence of the upper-class should be enough of a motivating factor for you to do better. It gives you a goal or something to work for. Having everything handed to you in life has no merit whatsoever.
One of the major problems we face as a society is the fact that it’s become increasingly easier for people to give up and settle for a living in the safety net of welfare. The idea of welfare was to help people who were struggling, not to enable those who have no desire to do anything to do nothing. Our society is filled with people who have no ambition who are content with a zero-sum lifestyle. Becoming great is viewed as too much hard work! And as of this writing, we have presidential candidates that want to buffer you from even trying by “evening out the playing field” to make everyone equal. The funny thing is, those making promises are clearly not fighting in the trenches nor struggling to make ends meet. If they are elected, they won’t sink down to your level and be your equal—they will still be rich, living a great life, and you will be given the leftovers.
Individual must strive to become better—not demand more handouts. Instead of focusing on how we should all be “equal” we should focus upon individual greatness. Instead of trying to degrade ourselves to the lowest common denominator, we should celebrate those who have the courage and power to drive themselves to success.
The idea of an equitable society where you work for nothing and only get you need is not plausible. If you look back in history, you clearly see how these types of societies have failed repeatedly. We must maintain a balanced society in which we have stratification. We must have free markets and enterprises. Government should not be stealing from the hard workers to give to the rest. If you can’t stand on your own two feet, the only other option is to lay down and die.