It’s natural, as humans, to look out for ourselves and our families first. Then, maybe, once our needs have been met, we can move outward and begin to care for the people and the world around us. “Us” first, then “Them.” It makes sense at first glance; how can you pour from an empty cup, right?
There’s some truth to that, but farmer and essayist Wendell Berry turns that notion on its head with this excerpt from “Racism and the Economy”:
“If we are looking for insurance against want and oppression, we will find it only in our neighbors' prosperity and goodwill and, beyond tha