Kindness in an age of elitism

There will always be haves and have-nots. But while the rich stay rich, it's their responsibility to help the less fortunate

The recent national conversation on elitism and meritocracy has made for a robust public discourse, but one point deserves more attention - that perhaps social stratification is inevitable, and thus should not be the focus of our attention.

I am not ignorant of the plight of the underprivileged, nor do I mean that I do not believe in the concept of meritocracy and equality. But the reality is that wealth and social status are never equally distributed across all strata of society, no matter how hard one works. No matter how perfect government policies are, there will always be the haves and the have-nots, and very often the haves will have an easier path in life simply because of the family they were born into.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Kindness in an age of elitism'. Print Edition | Subscribe