- Dec 2012
I've had a ongoing argument with one of my friends. He has a unrealistic way of looking at things, in my opinion. After I present my argument, feel free to tell me it's my logic that is flawed. I think that you can be whatever you want, if you put your mind to it. If you have a vision, if you have drive, and with a certain amount of luck, you can be successful in life. My friend thinks that some us are forever stuck in whatever situation were born into. I disagree. I think being born rich and having money, gives you huge advantages in life, it makes achieving your goals easier( i.e. it pays for education, amenities, etc.). But I think someone born into a broken family from the ghetto is still has a shot at achieving something. Becoming a doctor, lawyer, or teacher is still very much a possibility for them. I agree that it would be harder given their situation, but it's very much possible and feasible. He says there aren't any real rags-to-riches stories. He says you either get lucky and be handed a silver spoon, or you remain in your 'caste'( I'm definitely paraphrasing, but I believe I'm giving you guys the gist of his argument). I think a certain amount of luck is necessary for all success, but nothing is going to just fall into your lap. He also thinks that the rich should be paying more in taxes, that somehow , that would make his life better. Whether or not you agree with his tax agenda, I don't see how the rich paying more in taxes would make his life better. He says that more taxes would pay for more education. I suppose it might, but people still have to want to get that education, and in my experience, most people wouldn't go to school even if it was paid for. My main point here, is that I think it a foolish and irresponsible way of thinking, to say that your life sucks because of a disproportion of wealth that we have in this country. I won't deny that we have quite a gap between rich and poor, but that doesn't mean we can't get our own piece of the pie. We should focus on ourselves, we should play the cards dealt to us, and do the best we can. We shouldn't dwell on what we don't have, envy will get us nowhere. I believe that saying that says you can be whatever you want to be. So, Historumites, am I naive? Does my friend have it right? Should I hold out for that great and righteous Jubilee?