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15 March 2019 @ 01:32 pm
First, re: the Christchurch attacks, about all I can say is that it proves that it can happen anywhere. Nobody is safe. Some (white, Christian, cis-gendered men) are relatively safer, but they run the risk of believing they’re in danger and perpetrating horrible acts out of that. To quote Jonathan Richman (in a somewhat different context), "people are disgusting."

On a broader note, the whole idea of entitlement is also a lot of what was behind that college cheating scandal. I didn’t grow up in an environment where anybody had enough money to think that way – or, frankly, to believe that there was any hope of finding their way to an elite university. Except, some of us did. I mean, I’m the daughter of a refugee and I ended up at MIT. A guy I grew up with was the son of a conductor on the railroad and went to Harvard (and, later on, Columbia Law School). We did have a community ethos that led to relatively high taxes that funded good public schools, with the complexity that my home town was too small to have its own high school and, in retrospect, there was probably some racism involved in the choice of which school we did end up contracting with. An interesting thing about school budgets is that, since our school district had its own, there were years when we got schoolbooks and the kids from the district where the school was located, which had not approved their budget and was on austerity, did not.

But there were also people who went into the military or got apprenticed to trades or took over the family business. And the majority of the ones who went to college went to local schools (including community college) or state schools. Sure, parents would boast about kids who were at more prestigious places, but that just wasn’t the be all and end all of their lives. What a difference 40-something years makes!

Is our culture really that screwed up or is it just the celebrity news mill at work? Can we still think about the good of the community instead of individual greed? Or am I just a hopeless dreamer?

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natevwnatevw on March 21st, 2019 03:22 am (UTC)
Entitlements & Hopeless Dreaming
#1 : the word 'Entitlement' has been twisted to mean something other than what it actually means by the greedy and hate filled 1%'ers who fear, hate and envy you above all else .

You're not wrong to dream, we dreamt BIG in the late 1950's through the 1960's ~ I / we seriously thought things would continue to improve but instead the same people who marched and said they were on the side of good, all went bad in the 1970's and began corporate raiding for a living, the economy tanked and we're still suffering here down in the Blue Collar trenches .

I'm old & retired now, living on a fixed budget ~ good thing I lived on a farm and learned well how to live within my means whatever they are .

My father came from the North Bronx, son of a drunk yet he managed to graduate early from high school with honors and to put himself through Harvard, in 1941 he was close to graduation and again top of his class when a slot opened up in the medical School, they asked him if he'd like a chance at it?....

You bet he did and made good, *very* good .

Glad to hear you did well too, I'm not university materiel and realized it early on so I studied hard and became a Tradesman and never looked back .

More than the $, it's important to enjoy what you do as life is a precious gift, not to be wasted .

Never give up, never say die .