Heard walking by a weight watchers type meeting
A proper beer, a proper pub, a proper football town.
Mini vacation. Looking out from the pool
The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark. Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As theÂ Brookings InstitutionÂ has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less mobility than once-stratified Europe, particularly the Nordic…
The Randian Right likes to talk about self made men and how people need to just pull themselves up. Like most bits of advice, the trust is not as simple. If nothing else, look at the red and blue chart in this that shows the likelihood of kids leaving the economic quintile of their parents.
The issue I have is when people who were raised in a upper middle to upper class world project their own path on to those in the lower classes. The easy phrase of this is ‘he was born on third base and believes he hit a triple’.
I had a spirited discussion with a friend of mine who also grew up in similar circumstances to myself (upper middle). He learns very far right and I left. His claim was he came up from nothing to achieve. My point is this - I grew up in a culture where if you dropped out of high school you were a fucking loser (I use the strong language to convey the reality - I cannot describe how my peers loathed dropouts). If you graduated HS but did not go to college, you were just a loser … maybe someone you could say high to later in life if you saw in a store. Everyone had parents who kicked your ass if your grades were low. Social privileges were revoked when school suffered.
IMHO, it is impossible to overstate the impact of such a culture has. It is a culture that breeds success. Everyone of my friends from HS that I still know are easily in the upper 50% of the US earners, and many in top single digits.
We take for granted that power of belief that hard work pays off and failure is shameful.
Contrast that with people who were raised to believe school and education is worthless and a waste of time. Where trying hard is ‘selling out’ or simply put ‘shameful’
Just like your religion, favorite sports teams, and many social habits, what is pounded into you from birth to adult years is incredibly hard to get out of your head. It is not as simple as saying ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps and work hard’
A boy, a book, and a bike. Well, 42 year old boy
my youngest was born there. #pod #picture
I can’t wait to take this stack of pallets home for all 75 glorious minutes
Well, technically they all are
I used to be loved, but they just tossed me out
Kids with an Olympic gold medal winner (at Harbour Trees Beach Club)
Not looking great
Weekend starts about now. (at Harbour Trees Beach Club)