Tuesday Hatred of the role Role Models play
I hate super successful people. I hate them with a vengeance because they tend to think that any hatred directed to them is a matter of jealousy. It is not. Unless, that is, wanting to be a hypocritical bastard falls under the category of jealousy. Hell, I will go out of my way and link to the Wall Street Journal on this one. One of the basic design flaws of the current system is best summed up without words. Here’s the picture:
No, I don’t mean that there is a one percent. Such a sentence is the result of being too lazy to review your own stuff. I would say: “Shame on me!” but who cares? I don’t. It should have been: No, I don’t mean there can be a 100 percent without there being a one percent. Which is probably equally unintelligible.
I mean that the one percent is successfully convincing the majority of the 99 percent to want to be like them. The American Dream is the basis of our nightmare.Not because people want a fridge or a car or something. Not even because they want to differentiate themselves from the people who look like they live next door. Not because any of that original stuff. No, the nightmare is not due to the people wanting to be different. The nightmare is fully defined by people wanting to be exactly like the one percent in that it will never be enough (in a purely quantitative way). The essence of the one percent as it is is that they will do anything to get the specific prerogative of deciding how the earth is best saved (by vaccination, space travel, volunteering to pay taxes, creating guilt in others for not knitting their own socks; you name it and it is going on).
They can even graciously offer to increase democracy as long as they remain with the prerogative of paying for most of the propaganda ahead of elections.
Maybe I have begun to express the level of my hatred for these non-decadent wealthy (at least the decadent wealthy sort themselves out and generally provide some good entertainment in the process). Maybe not. I may not have enough bile in me to state how much I believe that the whole paradigm of out-competing everybody else and actually deserving that special place in public discourse that is accepted as so obvious by the non-decadent and utterly meritorious wealthy is a linchpin of everything that is wrong.
Some people may say that this whole thing is just the visible aspect of what is wrong with society these days but I am one of the new grumblers on a writing-table and I tell you that this whole thing is the essence of what is wrong these days. As long as these Role Models of Merit and Charity are left unchallenged they will remain the role models that keep the status quo. I couldn’t care less about them having money, I just want them to shut up and leave the rest of us alone in trying to get our children some education and ourselves a little luxury over and above the basic human rights they violate by the mere pronouncement of opinions that, according to them, should carry more than average weight because they earned (or inherited) not just loads of dollars but also our deep and eternal respect.
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