>The gap between the rich and the poor is becoming wider. Do you agree or disagree?
Economic inequality is the root of social unrest. In many parts of the world the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider. Whatever the cause, there is a belief wrongly referred to the story of Robin Hood: the rich are bad and the poor are good. In an even more polarized society where the distribution of wealth symbolizes social-economic injustice, the rich come near being hated, and the poor despised. It is easy to say that a person can be poor but happy. But who is that person? Nobody.
To narrow the gap between ''haves'' and ''have-nots'' is priority of any responsible government of any political color. What then should the government do? Helping the poor by destroying the rich sounds like revolution. Doing nothing seems defining poverty as parent of crimes. All promises and religion and patriotism and virtues are nothing but shadow of words when the hungry are starving. The policy of social welfare may contribute to much of relief for some suffering from extreme poverty. An increased budget for education may create opportunities for those whose parents cannot afford tuitions. Building more public hospitals may make medical care more accessible to the miserable. Giving shelters to the homeless may cut the number of the less fortunate sleeping in the streets. These, among other measures to get rid of poverty, are good signs. Yet, they are not enough. It still leaves much work to be done more effectively to achieve better economic equality.
From another perspective, it makes sense looking at the origins of the widening gap in income between the extremely rich and the extremely poor. It is quite clear that at least four aspects that haunt the poor: old age, accident, sickness and unemployment. These issues should be dealt with by every sector concerned, of course. But there is a new and difficult lesson to be learned by the poor and the rich alike. The first thing is to understand that the very rich are not to blame for making a lot more money if they are righteous and generous. These is no shame to work for a fortune. On the other hand, the very poor are not exactly righteous for being lazy and wasteful which leads to poverty. This being the case, the problem in general is not that simple.
Neither being rich nor being poor comes from the will of God because before Him all human beings are created equal. Economic inequality, however, is man-made. While it is morally wrong the rich becoming richer without a heart caring for the poor, there is nothing good about the poor because of their own faults, getting poorer or prison. As such, the cause, effect and solution together may be too big a question for a ready answer.