Monday, February 05, 2007
The real solution; why middle class is important.
In any society there are many societal categorizations, be it ethnic, religious, educational or based on income and wealth, which is the most important in this post.
The lower class or the unprivileged ones are the group of people being under the poverty line or in other words are in a passive state, many of them in a society is not good, and definitely a burden for any society trying to advance. Moving those unprivileged ones into the middle class is the best thing any successful society can do. I will explain why middle class is important and the more we have the better off we will be.
Islam, in its intent as to my humble understanding, in regards to wealth distribution tried to assist the unprivileged to make it to the banks of mid-classism so to speak. by imposing 2.5% zakat on the rich. It is important to note that zakat doesn’t work like income tax; however zakat is taken out of untouched wealth for a complete lunar year.
Unfortunately the above model of a helpful Islamic way is not possible on an institutional level, while other institutions like Kuwait finance House Islamizing or Islamatizing usury “الربا” and other western banking tools, therefore such practices have the Islamic “endorsement” they need, so why bother and research new Islamic ways while we can tweak successful western ways islamicly?
The middle class has more liberty then both upper and lower classes. While the quest of the lower class for finding wealth and the upper class sustaining it, mid-classers, collectively, are after, or shall I say busy pursuing other human interests and not necessarily wealth. In other words a mid-classer can be an artist and still make a living.
Nobody is filling the real role of a unique individual for an advance society, we have no dedicated artists, novelists, scientists and the list can go on. You are all government employees or if you're lucky a subsidized business employee.