Class & Morality

Of all the barriers that separate people in the world, racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, sectarian, etc., the barrier represented by one’s social class, however defined, seems to be, historically, one of the hardest to break through. In fact, the thing that often makes the other barriers so difficult to break through or maneuver around seems related in no small measure to the fact that, in time, they tend to acquire a social dimension as well, that is, they end up delineating social classes as well. Or should we say sociomoral classes, since each class tend to develop its own particular conception of morality?

These are age-old observations, of course, but ones that need to be reconsidered today, as they are increasingly bound to influence, if not downright dictate, much of the geopolitical and economic developments in our contemporary world. Yes our world in rapidly becoming a place where the major difference between the Americans and French, on the one hand, and the Syrians and Peruvians, on the other, is mainly one of class, not culture.  As such, some Syrians and Peruvians, namely: the ruling classes, will end up having much more in common with their counterparts in France and the US than with their own countrymen. The plot thickens!