“The feedback loop of success and failure here is based on the family you grow up in, the community you grow in, the people you spend the majority of your time with.”
Wealthy people, the kind who play golf that matters, don’t just rush out to the trailer park or local housing project to pick out a few BFFs. They stick to their class, which if we are talking about upper class, transcends race according to Todd’s story in any case.
The feedback loop goes both ways.
I don’t think it does. This would only work if it were as easy to get or even stay rich as it is to be trapped poor. It isn’t. Class mobility in America has become extremely rare. Down is easy. Up is hard and getting harder.
Money is far easier to lose than make. Success doesn’t stay in many families for any length of time. There’s no feedback loop of success. This is not some misplaced pity for the upper middle class on my part. Money doesn’t flow to them, like success flows away from Black America, they have to actually fight and claw to keep it. Unless we are talking about an upper class that is so rich that they are so far removed from normal to be useless as anecdote that we can learn from (i.e. 6.Figure.Wedding) Instead of a passive systemic loop there is an actual active effort for the hyper-monied groups in the world economy to keep their money not just from circulating into the nether regions of the economy where poor people live and struggle, but also from the governments who could in theory send some of the flow in that direction.
And Todd could have certainly invited Roger to play golf.