BTW, Speaking about justice…

Why is exclusion bad and inclusion good?

Posted on: February 20, 2010

Being included means one has access and therefore choice. When one is included in a group that has access to X (health, education, security, housing, insurance, religion, etc), the person/community then has a choice – to take/adopt/use or not to take/adopt/use X.

But with the newfound freedom of choice, another set of needs/wants arise, and when not met, they become excluded.

Let’s say inclusion is good – the more people have access to vaccines and drugs, the longer people live, the stronger the workforce, the bigger the economy, the stronger the state, and so on. Then what? Overpopulation, not enough resources and/or opportunities, greater gaps, more exclusion.

Maybe inclusion is good only as far as providing access to deciding whether one wants to be included in a particular system? For example: Including an illiterate farmer in a remote Indonesian village for legislation-making in agricultural trade gives the farmer the choice of inclusion/exclusion in free or fair trade systems.

While we strive to include as many as possible into existing systems, do we also work towards accommodating new inclusions, ensuring sustainability of the system with the overload? Or do we feel that if they fall off the wagon again after inclusion, it’s their fault and no longer our responsibility to retrieve them?

-JB on Making governance work for excluded communities

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Author

Lishia Erza

Searching for answers about life, these are the ones I have found.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 8 other followers


  • None
  • kefirlime: Please do share. Thanks for loving it :P On a more serious note... it is worrying that we have taken for granted (even forgotten) about the essence o
  • ubz: Lishia, love this. allow me to share, seems that a lot of people *maybe for generations* has already forgotten the essence of pancasila, the philosop
  • alvan gunawan: Well said mam.. Couldn't agree more.. Love it..

Lishia’s TwitterFeed

Favoured by

  • 2,219 Byters
%d bloggers like this: