What I Wish More People Understood About Privilege

Noran Azmy
ILLUMINATION
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4 min readMar 14, 2022

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1. Having privilege doesn’t mean you’re not a hard worker, or that you don’t deserve to be where you are. It simply means we live in a system that doesn’t normally reward hard work. It means a lot of other people also deserve to be where you are, but you were one of the ones who happened to make it. You may have worked really hard for everything you have, but having that hard work recognized and rewarded is a privilege.

2. Yes, even your “high-skilled job” is a privilege. We are being taught that some jobs can only be done by a minority of talented or highly-skilled individuals. If you’re a doctor, a scientist, or an engineer, it’s easy to think of your contribution to society as exceptional or superior. But the reality is that working a high-skilled job is just as much of a privilege as it is an achievement. It’s not that only a small minority has what it takes to be a doctor — it’s that only a small minority has the access to the resources required to learn to be a doctor, and find work as a doctor.

3. Having privilege doesn’t necessarily mean you’re rich. Privilege comes in many different shapes and sizes. Your parents may not have paid for your Ivy League tuition or given you $250,000 to start your company. There are thousands, maybe even millions of people richer and much more privileged than you are. But there are billions who…

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Noran Azmy
ILLUMINATION

A software engineer who enjoys writing on a variety of topics, including personal development, productivity, learning, books, politics, and social issues.