The disequilibrium of greed portrayed in Kino’s imaginary story indicated that equilibrium is not only necessary at the lowers of social status, but also required in the economy and global market today. Jamie Woodwell, in her article about mortgage banking, titled, A Detour to Dis-Equilibrium, speaks about the global market saying, “When a shock hits a market— a dramatic shift in supply or demand— the market moves to dis-equilibrium.
When that happens buyers and sellers cannot come to terms, the market slows and little new business is transacted” (Woodwell). In her article, Woodwell addresses mortgage banking as a systematic market, and thus displays the negative impacts of a fallen pillar of a methodical market. Woodwell explains the negative impact as a result of an unspecified shock hitting the market, thus dictating that it doesn’t have to be a good or bad effect on the system, and that too much of a good or bad thing can have devastating impacts on the natural order.
Woodwell continues on, speaking about capital in real estate, “The dis-equilibrium in the capital markets has flowed into other aspects of commercial/multifamily real estate… the farther one gets from capital markets, the more muted the impact has been” (Woodewll). Through the dis-equilibrium of capital markets, Woodwell articulates that because of the interdependency, different effects on the market can create a ripple effect and spread towards other types or marketing. In addition, she implies that negative effects result from the disequilibrium, indicating a need for equilibrium.
This concept of the necessity of equilibrium can be portrayed in fiction as well. In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, he dictates the story of a poor family that finds a pearl that will increase their wealth expontially, but as a result the families in society turns on the Kino’s family and attempt to steal the pearl. Kino, the father submits to his own greed and violence, beating his wife in order to stop her from throwing the pearl away, and eventually losing his son to hunters trying to take the pearl from him. (Stienbeck 1947).
Kino’s family and his newfound wealth promote equilibrium through the imbalance of wealth created, as Kino’s family was poor before they encountered the pearl. Because of this the rest of the community attempts to take the pearl, society takes his Kino’s son in response to the imbalance, portraying that there is a natural need for equilibrium. As a result, one can infer that equilibrium is required in all forms of economy. As disequilibrium spreads throughout the economy, there becomes an inequality of people and their social status due to their monetary standing.
Similarly to the inequality in social status based off money, there are also inequalities defined by race and gender. American poet and civil rights activist, Langston Hughes, when explaining the racial prejudices against the black man in his poem I Too said, “I am the darker brother. / They send me to eat in the kitchen / When company comes … Tomorrow, / I’ll be at the table / When company comes. / Nobody’ll dare / Say to me / ‘Eat in the kitchen,’ / Then” (Hughes). In his poem, Hughes describes the disgrace taken upon the black man, indicating an imbalance in social status based on race.
As a result of his indication, one can infer that as a result of a misbalance in equilibrium, an intolerable and unnecessary chaos was born in slavery. Another important man in the Civil Rights Movement was Martin Luther King Jr. In Martin Luther King Jr. ’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King talks about his theory of nonviolence inside a jail cell in Birmingham saying, “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community, which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to conform the issue” (biography. om Editors).
The two forces, the tension, and the force to conform the issue, are adjusted from their previous states of a lack direct action and refusing to conform, creating a social medium in the community that must be met. As one interaction’s impacts are lessened, the other corresponding reaction is strengthened in it’s respective way, thus portraying the medium created and revealing the natural tendency for equilibrium.
Another social inequality at the time could be found in women’s rights. ne Uruguayan who defined liberal feminism was Maria Abella de Ramirez who believed that, “For feminists there are no workers or bourgeois women, or marchionesses, or queens, or even prostitutes. There is only one oppressed and mistreated sex, and we want to redeem it whether its oppression comes from monarchs or from workers. ” (Lavrin). Not only is Ramirez fighting for gender issues, but she fights against gender inequality regardless of social class. As a result, she focuses on one equal woman, not different women in different classes, thus promoting the idea of equilibrium.
Not only that, but she focuses on all levels of society because she knows that woman’s labor is essential, and equally important as men’s labor. Consequently, one can view the blatant requirement of the natural order of equilibrium in racial and gender inequality issues. Ultimately. due to the realization that gender inequality and women’s rights actually do require a natural order of equilibrium, one can infer that equilibrium is completely necessary to prevent ensuing chaos in the world today.
Communication, a basis of society, acts as a bridge from one person to another. As a result, a form of communication must be understandable, and used to allow a society to improve. For many societies today, speech is the main form of communication, and with communication words and denotation arise. Examining the world, “equilibrium” on the Oxford English Dictionary one can notice a trend that, “equilibrium” and its definition has meant the same thing since the early sixteenth century, “The state of equal balance between powers of any kind” (OED Online).
The definition’s stability since it was created in the sixteen hundreds reveals that the basis of speech must be in a form of equilibrium to allow the understanding of the words used. The word comes from the latin world aequilibrium, where, “aequus equal + libra balance”(OED Online). The etymology can actually directly translate to the correct denotation of the word, and it’s definition has stayed the same its only changed based on different terms of what is in equal balance.
This results in an easily understandable word, that can be used by almost anyone allowing for an equilibrium in the usage of the word and of those who use it. Ultimately, society today is systematic and methodical. All actions, have corresponding reactions, and their results benefit or become a detriment to other aspects of society. As a result of the intertwined society, if one aspect declines in quality or quality, the intertwined. Because of this, equilibrium is necessary in one’s emotions, the environment, and even in the fictional Star Wars galaxy.
One can also witness the necessity of equilibrium in terms of monetary wealth, which can create social statuses to distinguish society. But the basis of society, speech, portrays that even the word equilibrium has in a sense, had an equilibrium in definition. The universal truth is that equilibrium in necessary in all aspects of life, and there is a natural gravitation towards equilibrium everyday. But the universal truth may not be the same for everyone, because, “Many of the truths that we cling to, depend on our point of view” (Lucas).