On the Circle of Privilege

This is way, way too good not to share. Such an important message about life. (And, having taken one first-class flight in my life, I can attest to the extraordinary difference in experience between first-class and coach. It’s a totally alternate universe!)

Pernille Ripp

We woke up to a flight delay.  Not the kind you want to have as we embarked on our 28-hour travel to Bangkok.  Not the kind you want when you already have only a few days to be somewhere. As the morning went on, it quickly became clear that we were not going to make our connecting flight, and numerous phone calls ensued.  Anxious minutes spent waiting to see whether Thailand was within our reach or not.

After 25 minutes of checking every airline, every combination, even surrounding airports, the verdict was in; no, we were not going to make it.  Not on time.  Not tomorrow, perhaps Thursday.  Flights oversold, not their fault, just how it is.  My heart sank, trip of a lifetime had just turned into a 2-day excursion to the other side of the world.

And then something curious happened.  The representative noticed that we were not…

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3 Responses to On the Circle of Privilege

  1. Roy McCarthy says:

    Yes, good article but nothing that we don’t know really. And we know there should be equalising interventions but these won’t come from governments. No votes in it.
    Which is why I’m involved, in a small way, in a reading intervention here in Jersey. ECOF (Every Child Our Future) recognises that those children behind the curve in reading as they enter secondary education will go on to be disadvantaged all their lives. Just 20 minutes a week with a 6-year old who is struggling – maybe English isn’t their first language – has remarkable results. In many cases those 20 minutes might be the only one-on-one attention that they get all week.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Many of us know, that’s true, but I fear that this fundamental inequity is far from the radar screen of many others. At any rate, what you are doing with young local kids is terrific. We have a similar program here. Retired people are especially encouraged to spend an hour a week reading to kids in the early grades who haven’t gotten that same level of early reading at home. I’m working with one of our Syrian refugee families in a similar manner. Every child deserves an equal playing field, and that’s most definitely not always the case.

  2. barryh says:

    Thank you for sharing this insightful piece.

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