A few years back, I rented a Z8 for my husband's birthday. He wanted to drive an "it" car. One he would never ever own. Just for a long weekend, to feel the power of that car, and zoom around the back roads of northern Cal. It cost a small fortune. At the end of the weekend, we walked away from that crazy car. We will never ever be rich enough to buy a car like that. it's fun flirting with that life. We do it all the time.
My husband is a union guy. He has worked at jobs with an hourly number on the pay stub. I went to a small community college in PA on a gift from the Fed Govt. It was called a Pell Grant. Sure it only cost a couple of hundred dollars a semester, but I didn't have to pay it back. It got me started. It opened the door to college, and thinking and the opportunity to turn what I could do with my hands into what I could do with my head.
Who are we and what is our role as individuals in creating a fair society, a society where a person regardless of their birth, their money - or lack of it - can find through whim or will a way to actualize their better self?
The gap between identifying as a social or economic liberal or conservative, is getting mucky. And in that muck, maybe, there are answers. First, the questions, and this week, thinking people from David Brooks to Beverly Gage are, in their own ways, asking questions. Here they are if you want to take the quiz.