Because these are thoughts worthy of consideration….
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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