so, it seems my dreams are coming true, but to what end?
i always thought it was wrong for super rich people to be super rich. actually, i guess i felt it was just an injustice to the extremely poor. in my mind it was ‘why cant we just meet in the middle??’.
alas, the world is crashing, and i have been front and center in new york city watching it happen. with mixed feelings. there is something interesting to me about the rich rich rich people you meet here…. and what would life be like without that? while that is something for me to ponder, i know i do not think twice about the fact that some people are so poor their entire life that it is impossible for them to ever catch up. the work i did in inner city communities taught me so much. parts of society love to say ‘its their fault’ ‘they can go get a good job whenever they please’ and so on. but… they cant really get a good job. they go to shitty public schools which i have worked in and are a complete disaster in some cases. they have family trouble and neighborhood problems and more problems by the age of ten than most suburbanites i know will ever encounter.
and then i went to work in prep schools. ahh life’s beautiful fucked up tricks. to make SCHOOLING- schooling!- such a privledge to some, and such a burden to others. i left greenwich, and CT, and prep schools, and navy blue blazer -ed life, as soon as i could. i bet i could have learned a lot, but the entire time i just thought about how i was working within the system out of a hate for it, to learn more about to, to help dismantle it. and, of course, how unhealthy is that! and also, how unrealistic. and i knew that.
but… it seems a bit more real every day:
” Some of the clearest signs of the reversal of fortunes can be found in data on spending by the wealthy. An index that tracks the price of art, the Mei Moses index, has dropped 32 percent in the last six months. The New York Yankees failed to sell many of the most expensive tickets in their new stadium and had to drop the price. In one ZIP code in Vail, Colo., only five homes sold for more than $2 million in the first half of this year, down from 34 in the first half of 2007, according to MDA Dataquick. In Bronxville, an affluent New York suburb, the decline was to two, from 17, according to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
“We had a period of roughly 50 years, from 1929 to 1979, when the income distribution tended to flatten,” said Neal Soss, the chief economist at Credit Suisse. “Since the early ’80s, incomes have tended to get less equal. And I think we’ve entered a phase now where society will move to a more equal distribution.” see NYT article here.
be careful what you wish for. its the story of my life. i want something, i get it, its not what i thought it would be. and i wished for big time restructuring of society. did many of us? are we collectively happy? are we all going to move forward together, and do great things, as a country and as a global community? or, are we scared and upset by this? i know some people must be… the powers that be.
ahh i wish i could get my mind around all this. a billion lost a billion gained. that means nothing to my small life. but a billion new social programs does…
happy friday. i am drinking sake and orange juice and pondering the troubles of the world before noon. good day to you!