What if you knew the rules of American life?

For example, what if you knew that you could be a Millionaire--have anything you want--if you:
  • Acted like an upper-class, white male
  • Went to church
  • Took a job in sales, then sales management, then VP of sales, then president of a company, then chairman of the board?
  • Invested in stocks
  • Voted republican
...Would you do it?

If you answered "yeah, probably", don't you believe those rules are true (for the most part)?  Why aren't you doing it, then?

I believe those rules are (for the most part) true.  I've believed it for a long, long time.

I'm not interested.

1 comment:

r_b_bergstrom said...

I don't believe those rules are true at all. The "rags to riches" story of the American Dream applies to a tiny percentage even of the people who strongly apply themselves. Every large company has lots of salesmen at any given time, but hardly any of them will ever rise to VP or higher. Voting Republican only helps you after you've made it big, and then only if your company (or other companies in your industry) are also voting and lobbying successfully. Going to church is only helpful if you plan to be rich AND THEN go into politics. If wealth is your only goal, the church is not getting you there.

I think the real point behind the lottery was that it keeps alive the dream. It convinces the working class that one day they might become rich (just for getting the winning numbers), so in the meantime they behave and vote for the party of rich men.