My tale of two cities – entry 1

I am inspired by the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates to begin a series on the disparity witnessed firsthand in my daily life as a Chicagoan.


One half is shopping at Nordstrom, dining at STK and having cocktails at the latest rooftop bar while living in extravagantly indulgent fruitlessness. The other half is cleaning offices, waxing hospital floors, driving buses, parking cars, and cooking in restaurant kitchens while eking out a frugal living.

One half is able to live in luxury on the very backs of the other half, who live in a constant state of economic depression. And the only reason why we accept this is because it has been ingrained into us for generations as right.

There are other ways though. We don’t have to step on the necks of others in order to sip smoothies and lattes, eat pork belly and confit, and call it the ‘American Dream’; one half of the city metaphorically gorging itself on the very flesh of the other half. We can try to be better.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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