My mother used to tell me a story about villagers who were unhappy with their lives. She said they each put their own troubles in a bag with their name on it and then carried the bags to a hilltop. When all of the bags were presented, they each had the opportunity to go to the hilltop and pick up someone else's bag to take home. But when the time came for them to do this, they each picked up their own bag to bring home.
Moral of the story: We only can deal with our own troubles and we would not want to take on someone else's troubles. I think she was trying to tell me to be grateful for what I was given, troubles and all. I think the story also means not to envy someone else's life, for they each own have troubles. It's about envy. She was telling me not to envy someone else's life. And to this day, I thank my mother for that lesson. I learned to admire people for their gifts, and not to envy them for what they have....for under the surface, we each have our own troubles.
Now below we have Van Jones speaking to the Guilford College students telling them we should all take on someone else's life with the idea that all lives should have equal outcomes. I don't know who raised Van Jones, but his premise is so Marxist and fictional that it denies anyone's individuality. What was his mother smoking? To Van Jones, life is about creating a society where no one has more than another, no one is more or less talented, more or less advantaged, more or less anything. All the same, like carbon copies of pablum. I think Van Jones would be very happy living among identical robots.
He sounds so tame, so benign, so confident of his view. Yet, his tame, benign, confidence would take everything you worked for and give it to someone else. And he would pick who would receive the fruits of your labor. His view is of a collective population, not a population of individual achievements. He envisions Social Justice as not Legal Justice? So, to him, his law reflects the collective, not the individual. He couches his words carefully. Do not miss the soft revolution he recommends. He is influencing college students to adhere to his collectivist view, notice he talks about people as a group of interchangeable persons, where one would live just the same as the other. Watch it and learn!
And by the way, here is his biography