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  •  Great diary! (5+ / 0-)

    As one church lady to another (LOL), today I was thinking of the Jesus quote about always having the poor with us. And I wondered when is enough enough ... or when is too much too much.  

    What you say is true, I have sooooo much more now than I did when I was young.  I was 15 when JFK was assisinated. As a minority woman, nothing much was expected of me.  When I went to sign up for the
    ACT and the SAT, the teacher told me not to waste my money since I was just going to get pregnant and drop out anyway. Now I have two masters, my daughter has a PhD and both sons have a college education. And materially, I also have much more than many others. What I consider necessary for daily living is so different from what I dreamed then.

    Yet, I see what the 1% have and how they operate; and NO, I do not want to be content to enable them when they apparently want to go back to the times when women were property, when being different (in any way ... sexual preference, skin color, language, ability) was unacceptable and you were worse than on your own, you were under the gun  (And BTW, bashing was exactly what they did to) even if you played the polite subservient "boy" or "girl".

    So maybe, the poor will always be with us, but I want to work to make the world more equitable for me and for my children and grandchildren while still remembering to be grateful for and enjoy what I have. I don't want to get "caught" in always coveting what is just beyond and losing the present, but neither do I want to to ignore social justice.

    Thaks for this ... I don't usually read Stephen King, but maybe I will try this book.

    "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

    by CorinaR on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:03:36 PM PST

    •  I'm with you on all counts. (5+ / 0-)

      I hope it didn't sound like "oh, live and let live" is my attitude.  When rich people routinely spend 4000+ on handbags, for the love of the sweet baby jesus could we maybe extend health care to all post-zygotes?  

      When Apple actually makes a diamond-encrusted iPad and adds dinosaur bones to make it extra-chic I realize that I must not have been getting truly high grade LSD in the '70's, cuz those hallucinations were quite pedestrian compared to today's reality.

      Funny/sad story.  My daughter is a private driver for 4 wealthy families.  It's a dream job for her, and she earned it.  She tuned into the backseat conversation one night, thinking she'd find out what cell phone would be this year's star and suddenly heard "Well, I've about decided to stay with the plane I've got."  Upgrading private jets, not cell phones.  Incomprehensible.  

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:05:40 PM PST

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