O how I hate the rich…

9 12 2013

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I shoulda been a card-carrying socialist.
I’m sitting waiting to buy my wee Honda Fit, surrounded by huge behemoth cars for people with more money than understanding of the environment, listening to people whine about how they wished they’d bought the BMW equivalent, and silently fuming.
Here we sit, in a country where the divisions between rich and poor are sharper than ever before, where despite our vaunted social safety net, governments still rip off the poor to pay the rich, spend millions on advertising about the oil sands, and let people lie in the streets…
I don’t know.
Sometimes my intolerance for the rich is almost a taste in my mouth, of overpriced coffee, or extravagant truffles. It’s not envy. I have more than enough money for my needs, and wouldn’t know what to do with more, except maybe pay off my kid’s student loans and let them start life in encumbered by anything other than their intellects. I donate as I can, I advocate as possible, I write and argue for others. But it’s not enough. Not when there are people who expect others to serve them.
I remember taking a wealthy friend of mine to Starbucks for her “required” coffee fix. She blasted an order to the new immigrant coffee barista that he didn’t quite get. He missed one point, and she tore strips off him right left and centre. I was appalled at the entitlement of it all, the feeling that she deserved exceptional service, and her intolerance for any error in that, no matter how small.
Where does that come from, this entitled feeling? My niece, raised in substantial wealth, doesn’t seem to show it, and of that I am irrationally proud. Irrationally as it is her parents who have raised her right, but I stand in reflected glow. My kids seem to be socialist- prone as I am, and quite willing to overthrow, which also makes me both irrationally proud and sad that we’ve created a world where they must live with such anger. And a bit afraid.
Sorry, I’m moralizing. Shouldn’t do that. It was the BMW couple who started me off…I find myself wishing for the old days of noblesse oblige, if we must have stratification.
So, tip for today, don’t act entitled. Smile, be friendly, and appreciate, and you may be surprised at the good service and kindness you receive. And while you are planning your festive occasion, plan to share it with someone else. Someone who needs it and who doesn’t feel they deserve it.

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5 responses

9 12 2013
Judy Penz Sheluk

Well said.

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9 12 2013
midatlanticcooking

remember the old adage: “Hate only begets hate.” where does the callous disregard come from? It is born from the envy and obcessive metarlism of those who want what others have. There are many problems in life, but none of them were ever solved by hatred.

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10 12 2013
Diane Tibert

I know what you mean. I’ve witnessed entitled people degrade sales clerks and cashiers many times. I don’t get it. Maybe it makes them feel good, but it certainly doesn’t make them look good. The words ‘jackass’ and ‘fool’ usually come to mind.

What people with money don’t often realise is that conveniences–whether it’s items or food–are making them unhealthy and making them work harder (to afford the conveniences). I’ve seen customers pick up pre-shredded cheese believing they are buying the same thing as block cheese, but with the work done for them. Wrong. What they are often buying is more chemicals because something needs to keep that shredded cheese fresh. They are also buying and eating shredded plant material (perhaps sawdust) in the form of cellulose in that pre-shredded cheese.

I say good luck to them. When the power grid goes down or there is a food crisis, they won’t have a clue how to survive.

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11 12 2013
Dave Martin

Right on, comrade! Let’s get back to a more sensible income tax regime where the rich pay 80-90% at the upper end like they did under that commie Eisenhower. Seriously, though, that’s how the U.S. built its national infrastructure way back when and experienced decades of economic growth. The rich didn’t get rich by themselves so it’s time they kicked in more to help out the less fortunate and pay more towards the education of our kids. If they don’t, eventually those kids will grow up and start knocking down the gates of the gated communities.

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12 12 2013
Carol

Great post! Awesomely articulate as per usual…

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