We all want to see changes in society, from the underpaid Walmart employee to the overpaid CEO to the consumerist teenager who thinks he has to buy some new gadget. But what we rarely want to admit is that these kind of cultural changes require effort and time to change. These systems are set in place and have been ingrained into our culture for decades and they are hard to unlearn.
One thing that we can do in talking about such change is to speak the right language to the people we are trying to persuade. In our day-to-day way of speaking and writing, we need to talk in the languages and ideas of change that we would like to see in society.
In order to get a more equitable standard of living from the high-paid CEO to the low paid Walmart or McDonalds employee is to demand higher wages. One of the things to keep in mind while demanding higher wages is that according to economic theory and law, if you raise the price of an input to a product, the price of the final product will necessarily rise. So when you are writing letters to the editor in the paper about the necessity for higher wages for these employees, don’t mention anything about how this will raise prices for everyone. Just say, they need higher wages. You need to leave out any of the negative effects of raising wages in order to get this idea supported.
We can design support campaigns for these ideas by writing letters to the editor of local papers and state representative, telling them that we demand higher wages. Another thing you must keep in mind while writing these letters is to keep your ideas professional and succinct. You don’t want to come across as some crazy person, so be sure to use proper grammar and not to mix any words up. A particularly embarrassing mistake to make would be to misuse anytime or any time grammar when sending a letter to your state representative. These people deal with these two words all the time and you don’t want to give them any extra reasons for laughing at your letter. There are plenty of websites offering free beginners writing lessons where you can test yourself, so be sure to check those out before writing.
As we peaceably seek to change our society from a consumerist society to a communal society where everyone meets the needs of their neighbors and friends, one of the most important things to change is the language and the way we speak.
If we can speak in ways that sound appealing to a large enough audience we will soon start to see public support for our ideas and eventually they will come to pass. But it all starts with the initial design put in place to make the change you want to see in society. And remember, if you need to see examples using fare vs fair before your letter writing campaign, be sure to look those up. Let us know if you have any other ideas to help us see this change!