Erynn Brook
@ErynnBrook 10 months, 3 weeks ago 875 views

When you really think about it, it’s pretty weird that we’ve built an entire society around being able to decide who deserves what.

We want to tell people what they deserve to earn, buy, make, be, say, believe, enjoy. Where they can live. Who they can love.

We even do this to kids through the story of Santa Claus and his naughty or nice list.

And we’re all just trucking along like this is okay.
We do it to ourselves. “I deserve a break”, “I deserve this cookie”, “I deserve a promotion”.

Why are we so afraid of wants and needs? Why do we frame it in terms of this moral currency? It’s weird.
We've traded our freedom to have wants and needs on the basis that we just have them for the ability to police others' wants and needs through whether or not they are deserving of the things they're asking for. But to do that we have to play the same game and be "more deserving."
I never said which society or how long we’ve been doing it. I’m sure you could trace this ideology back to agriculture at the very least.
But seriously, what if you don’t, in terms of moral currency, “deserve a raise”? What if you just need one? What if you just don’t make enough money to live and you need more?
Let’s be real, capitalism isn’t dying tomorrow, and people need things today. We’ve decided on this abstract system of value without ever defining its worth.
If I hold a door open for someone, do I deserve a muffin? If I smile 50 times a day do I deserve a longer break?

The answer, in the current system, depends on what others might think. Not only at a political level but at a social level. That’s fucking weird.
But we agree to it because if we deserve enough, some day, maybe we can decide who deserves what. Even in small ways like deciding whether or not to give our spare change away. That’s the deal we strike. For that power. Judgment.
This whole concept goes beyond discussions of capitalism and the free market. We believe certain people don’t deserve to exist in certain spaces. I mean, I can get harassed on twitter and told that I deserve it because I’m on twitter.
I’m starting to feel like I’ve attracted the philosobros with this thread and I really wish they would read the whole thing before commenting. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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