I have recently been thinking about class ism. Class is a group or groups one might belong or might not belong. Sometimes class ism can be as simple as naming a class ‘cool’ and another class ‘lame’. This labeling is happening in all types of groups, often without thought. A young student of mine once said, “religion is the great separator.” Class ism seems similar to me in that it separates you from folks poorer or richer, folks less, better or differently educated than oneself, it separates you from the Earth. We as humans can experience both the positive and negative sides of class ism. Class ism can strike at any age and often strikes negatively the weak in our groups.
If one wants to believe men are equal to women, that we as individuals are not any better than anyone else, that Earth and all of Earth’s living inhabitants, dirt, trees, animals are equal or of the ‘same’ value, one must explore class ism in ones own life.
Is class ism simply the great separator, destroying the Earth’s air, the Earth’s water, soil, food and the human social web we need?