Graceful Humility

Because these are thoughts worthy of consideration….

Calculated Bravery

In America, we are not very good at being poor.

We are quite good at not staying poor; that is one of the core concepts of our national mythos.  Steinbeck is reported to have said:

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.

The attribution and exactness of the quote is disputed; but that it has been repeated often enough to be (possibly) misquoted is merely evidence in its support.

To be American—that is, to aim for the values that Americans hold dear, to not merely be “a good American” but good at being an American, to exemplify American-ness, is to seek to be wealthy.

Once we’re wealthy, to our credit, we do OK.  Americans are very generous, and even our most wealthy tend to overindulge in proletariat pleasures (houses and vacations) rather than…

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  1. Well said. Our society needs to remember Proverbs 12:9 and how harmful it is when we try to pretend we’re wealthier than we are–or even if we act as if we’re as wealthy as we are. I am reminded of how much I came to love my mom’s family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc..) when we started seeing them more when I was in my late teens–they never had much money, but somehow that never mattered.

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