Privilege is not something to be ashamed of

Or to be proud of. 

Privilege is something to be grateful for, and something to be used. 

Imagine you’re born with super-fast legs. You’ve never practised, but from grade one you always win the 100m dash. You could win the gold medal at the Olympics. 

But you decide that your birth advantage is unfair, so you’re rather going to play chess, or volleyball, or backgammon, or anything that doesn’t exploit the gift of fast legs. 

That seems a tad wasteful. Imagine how many youngsters wish they had fast legs, and here you are shunning your gift. 

The same goes for all blessings, including being beautiful, or having rich parents, or being a musical prodigy, or being a math genius, or having a famous dad.

You got lucky. Be grateful. Now do something with your luck. 

Some people get more lucky than others, which means some people have a greater obligation to make the most of their good fortune. 

Don’t make excuses for your privilege.

Do something with it.

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