On The Glorification Of The Wealthy
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker- Proverbs 17:5 NIV
Every once in a while, the interwebz throws the wretched of the earth a bone, a glimmer of hope, perhaps a random kid becomes a youtube sensation-turned-international sensation. Maybe it’s the rise of a popular reality t.v. star. Yet, the uber-rich always seem to want to share their secrets (seems funny, the only thing they want to share, huh?). TAXES IS STEALING!!!! And every now and then, there’s an article that goes viral like, “20 Things That Make Rich People Morally Superior To Poor People.” The Opulent make sure that celebrity status doesn’t reach divinity, but they do demand (from their regular publicity campaigns) admiration and respect for their values and efforts. Scary part about the making of capitalism sacrosanct is that we find the history of private property rights cannot be neatly severed from the history of enslaving other persons. All of this whitewashing of history hides the experience of the losers in history, and really the REAL SECRET about economics throughout history. Read the rest of this post and its conclusion to find the answer. Without further ado, 20 things the Working Poor Do Everyday.
1. They have to endure myths such as “poverty is the root of all evil.” If the rich do not believe that “money is the root of all evil,” that means the do not believe the Bible. WHAT ARE THE ODDS, YAHOO FINANCE! What this does is inform the working poor that they are the living embodiments of all that is wrong with society.
2. The Working Poor believe that selflessness is a virtue. The Rich believe that selfishness and self-centeredness is. O R L Y?
3. The Working Poor really value meritocracy. The Wealthy practice nepotism and “networking.”
4. The Working Poor see education as an invaluable means of liberation. The Wealthy view education as thing to be purchased and to lord over underlings with, a tool for power.
5. The Working Poor do the things they have to do to survive and spend time with the people they love. The rich are sometimes fortunate enough to do the things they love more than people.
6. The Working Poor earn capital. The Wealthy rule cities and states, steal money from the working poor, and then they get richer.
7. The Working Poor realize that relationships are more important than money. Rich People find restless nights over their acquisitions.
8. The Working Poor read as many books as they possibly can in the limited free time they have. The Wealthy have libraries of books to show how much time they have on their hands.
9. The Working Poor see an inclusive society as ideal; The Wealthy benefit from a hierarchal, stratified world.
10. The Working Poor make the connection between the importance of having a strong social safety net. Wealthy persons look down upon social programs and their dependents.
11. The Working Poor have to walk past fast food chains, living in lives of food insecurity, sometimes even on food stamps. Fast food restaurants, smoking parlors, and liquor stores target the working poor. The Rich mock and demean the poor, and rob the poor of their wages, ahem, McDonald’s.
12. The Working Poor are task oriented and driven, multi-taskers. Rich persons are narrow minded and with singular visions.
13. The Working Poor who are parents do not have time to read fiction books to their children. How many rich families take the time to read books at homeless shelters?
14. The Working Poor cannot often say what’s on their mind. Usually, that’s because the big bosses upstairs have deprived them of their freedom of speech, and first amendment rights because unionization is banned. The Rich love to talk abstractly and universally when it comes to free speech, except for when it comes to the expressions of black people.
15. The Working Poor do not believe in luck. The Rich do because it’s pretty convenient!
16. The Working Poor have very little access to exercise programs because neighborhood gyms avoid locating where they live. The rich have all of opportunity in the world to go to 24 Hour Fitness.
17. The Working Poor know how to use public transportation and build community on buses, trains, and other commutes. The Wealthy disparage such things and ask, “why don’t you get a car?”
18. The Working Poor know that the lottery is a hoax to get the impoverished addicted to gambling. The Rich rely on the Lottery as a voluntary tax on the poor so they can get access to education.
19. The Working Poor want to learn from the past. The Rich have delusional, naive hopes about the future.
20. The Working Poor are logical in their money-decision making. The Wealthy are too emotionally caught up with their money to make reasonable decisions, in the name of “following their passions,” like three summer homes!
Are you rich? Or are you poor and you want to be rich, and you find some of my comments in this post downright offensive? Well good, because this is the kind of frelling crap that Christian idols like Dave Ramsey tells people each day in their books and on their radio programs. It’s this baloney, these lies made against the poor that keep the rich in power. False myths about poverty abound, even about homelessness.
The dirty little secret to all the posts and books about the secrets to being rich is this: THERE ARE NO SECRETS. The rains falls on the just and the unjust.