The following quote is from a recent post on HumbleDollar. The article, as the title implies, is not really about money. Nevertheless, this paragraph caught my attention in the context of the issue of inequality so popular in some political circles.
Education and experience. If we suddenly took all the money in the world and gave everyone an equal share, there would be inequality again by the next day—because of our differing abilities to adapt and respond to the situations we find ourselves in. That, in turn, partly reflects the wealth we’ve accumulated in the form of education and experience.
Source: True Wealth – HumbleDollar
Yes, experience and education are important, but also what we do with both. And so are drive, ambition, effort and attitude, self-discipline and making good life choices or at least not making bad ones.
Inequality is not the result of a flawed economic system. It is the result of differences in people.
Our goal should not be to redistribute wealth, but to do our best to remove every artificial obstacle people face for their own earned success, to ensure as much opportunity as possible.