There is a saying that goes something to the effect that it is a responsibility to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable that I agree with.
And by that I don’t mean decent hard working people who have achieved a measure of comfort and security, rather those whose wealth and status has led them to believe they are above the normal concerns, considerations, and constraints of others – that believe they have an entitled exemption.
There is another saying that you can judge the nature of a person by the way they treat animals in their care – that too is something I believe to be an indicator of character that extends to their treatment of others within their immediate orbit and the disenfranchised they encounter and may only hear about.
Greed isn’t an asset, nor is arrogance and indifference though those who manipulate increasing would have you believe they are.
They aren’t traits to cultivate or instill in children.
You’re an underachiever if you haven’t attained wealth and status, add ethnicity and a lack of education into the equation and you become a “problem” to deal with, a drone like workforce fit only for a starvation wage with zero benefits, for to confer any would impact profit levels and in a society where greed is god to do so amounts to heresy.
I begrudge no one what they have achieved in an honest and forthright manner, what they’ve earned the old fashioned way by working for it rather than being born into it and assuming the mantle of privilege – but I loathe those who would capitalize on the misery of others or turn a blind eye to inequities.
Change in this country will require a measure of sacrifice, and that is why I’m not inclined to believe meaningful change will take place -the majority of people aren’t willing to voluntarily sacrifice, they consider it to be a duty of the other guy.
Should sacrifice due to some event be forced upon them all hell would break loose.
For me and mine I don’t want a damn thing I haven’t worked for while understanding there are others who for any number of reasons cannot say the same, and it is those needs often ignored, often ridiculed, that make a lie of the so called American Dream and a “representative” government that serves all the people as being equal while promoting the common welfare.
I had my fill of government agencies and commodities as a child, of healthcare access that wouldn’t be called that in any other country.
I had my fill of forced dependency and condescending attitudes, of a education system that prioritized assimilation and the manufacturing of bricks for the wall.
I have learned more from reading and life experience than the seven grades I made it through in school and in so doing have become my own man – independent, self reliant, a provider and protector.
All of which have a far greater value than if I had arrived at the point of maturity with a piece of paper in my hand and a stamp on my forehead.
Am I opposed to education? Not at all and in fact an advocate for educating children of our nations, but would add the importance of remaining grounded in who they are during the process.
Of retaining their language and understanding of culture and traditions.
In the end education will be a lessening of the shackles, the opening of a door to independence allowing them to be their own man or woman.