…stand it, but that was only made possible with my continued patience and willingness to explain it. While it sucks to always accept every rude question that comes my way, I’d rather do that than never see a day where everyone is aware enough to not ask such abrasive questions.
…ars, movies have come with disclaimers assuring audiences that no animals were hurt during filming. Perhaps it’s time to devise a similar seal of approval for productions that treated their human collaborators with dignity and professional decorum. Harmless escapism is one of the fundamental values of the moviegoing experience. But escapism is di…
…— can solve all the world’s problems, you just turn to the nearest problem and do the best you can. Chip away at the suffering and injustice of the world using whatever tools you have, for as long as you can. That’s all there is to it, and no other answer. In the words of Pirkei Avot:
…t earn minimum wage and live in an expensive city and be wealthy,” they weren’t telling a lie — but they were accepting implicitly that it’s okay for people who work full-time to live in poverty if they live in large cities.
In the U.S., we have become so accepting of the fact that poverty is not a symptom of a grossly unequal economy, or the result of numerous systemic failures, or the product of years of trickle-down economics, but instead, that the only thing standing between a poor person and the life of their dreams is their own decisions, their own choices, and their own failures.
First of all, the problem begins with the mentality that this approach instills in people — focus on personal gain above everything else, competitiveness instead of community, and the idea that successful people in the position of authority are right by definition and should serve as role models, independently of how shitty they have been and are to other human beings.