|deep thoughts for the new year
||[Dec. 31st, 2010|05:46 pm]
Hello, my name is Aaaaaaaarrgh!
My paid account has expired, and since I hardly ever use LJ anymore, I'm just going to leave well enough alone. Food is a higher priority.
I posted this on my Facebook page, but it bears reposting here:
Sam Harris' New Year's Resolutions for the Rich
As you know, I've been struggling to survive in the lower 5% of the American economic spectrum for years. Sam Harris gives us an enlightened perspective from someone in the upper 5%. Here is an excerpt:
"...Americans have made a religious fetish of something called "self-reliance." Most seem to think that while a person may not be responsible for the opportunities he gets in life, each is entirely responsible for what he makes of these opportunities. This is, without question, a false view of the human condition. Consider the biography of any "self-made" American, from Benjamin Franklin on down, and you will find that his success was entirely dependent on background conditions that he did not make, and of which he was a mere beneficiary. There is not a person on earth who chose his genome, or the country of his birth, or the political and economic conditions that prevailed at moments crucial to his progress. Consequently, no one is responsible for his intelligence, range of talents, or ability to do productive work. If you have struggled to make the most of what Nature gave you, you must still admit that Nature also gave you the ability and inclination to struggle. How much credit do I deserve for not having Down syndrome or any other disorder that would make my current work impossible?"
...and with that said, I hope economic conditions and serendipity smile on each and every one of you in the coming year! May hard work, focus, determination, love and justice pay off for you the way they should in an ideal and well-balanced world.
And just once, I hope they do for me as well.