Yes, we must encourage people to work to the best of their abilities and discourage free riders wherever we can--but it seems only decent at this moment to admit how much luck is required to succeed at anything in this life. Those who have been especially lucky--the smart, well-connected, and rich--should count their blessings, and then share some of these blessings with the rest of society.
Sam Harris' A New Year's Resolution for the Rich
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Thanks for this. I printed the whole article out for reading and discussion with the 2 oldest kids for New Years Eve.ReplyDelete
My mom and I were just discussing this topic over Christmas vacation.ReplyDelete
To whom much has been given, much is expected.ReplyDelete
I have never understood people who say that "everyone" in America has the chance to be whatever they want if they just work hard enough.ReplyDelete
That is such a damn lie.
And the people who say it generally have never done a day's work of the sort that the people whom they are talking about do most of their lives.
A wonderful quote! And I love the spiritual image accompanying it!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
Yeah. Amen to this.ReplyDelete
Makes me think of Bangladesh somehow. Wondering why I wasn't born there? Or chicago's south side for that matter.ReplyDelete