Economic Inequality

Posted by Spalding Hurst

February 27, 2021

Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” (Laudato Si, #93)

Intergenerational poverty is driven by societal systems that perpetuate inequalities between those with accumulated wealth and those without accumulated wealth. For example, when a child is born into poverty, s/he will likely have less access to quality education, health care, and work opportunities than a child born into a wealthy family. When those with accumulated wealth are spatially separated from those without – in urban vs rural areas; in suburbs and inner-cities; in neighborhoods, such as Carlette’s referral to the Southside of Belize City – one’s environment becomes a show of status, again affecting generations to come. In Belize, poorer families are forced to the swampy margins of society to settle; while wealthier families live in well-maintained and developed homes in the city.

Consider your own city, town, or neighborhood. Do children born in your area inherit accumulated wealth, or accumulated oppression? Speak with a friend today about factors that allow people in your area to thrive – i.e. access to clean water, fresh food, sanitation, education. If these factors were removed, how would it affect the livelihood of people in your area for years to come? 

Meditate on today’s reflection as you listen to sounds from the Belizean rain forest. Click on the link below, then click on the “play” button, which looks like a white arrow on a red background.



  1. Brenda Gonzales

    So many beautiful memories when I listen to the tropical sounds. There is something freeing about the simplicity of living with less but I know I am living with a choice where so many in our world do not have the choice and have to work so hard to survive. This includes nature too. I loved watching and learning from the native peoples how to respect and take only what you need from nature.

  2. Sarah Ferriell

    It is a rare treat to hear all these sounds of life we don’t ordinarily get to hear. They are so essential to life for all of us.


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