What motivates you? What inspires you aspirations, ambitions, and goals?
In this week’s podcast I talk about the way we use terms like ‘(dis)advantage’ and ‘(under)privilege’. I discuss how it might be counter-intuitive to allow movement within what is by definition a relative paradigm to dictate the way we see and consider success, and view other people.
Privilege can be a selfish aspiration, unless we start to see life itself as a privilege. Do you see it as a privilege to be where you are right now doing what you’re doing, surrounded by the people already in your life? That is the kind of privilege that everyone can enjoy.
It’s also a mindset that can be developed right away without the acquisition of any stuff, money or status.
David Cameron talked about being a party for the ‘want to be better offs’ in his party conference speech last year. But does this stand in stark opposition to a collective desire to be better off together?
What does being ‘better off’ really look like? I consider the difference between how we think about better off as an individual and as a part of a society. And I ask whether there is any difference between the two positions.
1. a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most: the privileges of the very rich.
2. a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities: the privilege of a senator to speak in Congress without danger of a libel suit.
3. a grant to an individual, corporation, etc., of a special right or immunity, under certain conditions.
How do we create a world in which we feel privileged to be able to add value to? The alternative is a world in which we are become privileged because we remove value from it. Please do contribute to the discussion. Leave a comment below.