31 August 2011

Sign of belonging

People act coldly to their fellow citizens according to how strongly they identify themselves with the ruling elites. 
If you see yourself as a man of the people, you care for the people; if you see yourself as one of the rulers, you demand for the people to take care of themselves. In an odd sort of irony, to be uncaring of the needy could well be understood as a sign of one's belonging to the ruling elite. 
When disaster strikes and the ruling elites seem to recede from view it's easier for people to see themselves as men and women of the people. 

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