So are you braggin’? Or complainin’? I can’t get a clear barometric reading here.

I’m from the other side of the road from you. I spent my life working at low paying jobs so that I could support three children that, from time to time, I wondered why I ever chose to have them. Sometimes, in the midst of poverty and social oppression, it’s hard to justify doing the “natural thing”.

You’ve had it good… sort of. Yes? I had it rough, very rough. But ultimately, my children grew up to marry people who were good people. My son became an independent business owner in San Diego, and he’s doing well there, along with his small, but prosperous business with 20 employees. My oldest daughter was quite attractive, and because she was still single at the time, she met a nice attorney (who hired her as a temporary) and he eventually married her. She never wanted children (because of the suffering we all endured as she grew up), so she never had any. My youngest daughter followed in my footsteps. She married (badly) and had 3 children, which she had to support without help. She’s suffered, but her children grew up to get college educations and enter the prosperous middle class.

But for the most part, I did fairly well. I did manage to get all the way to a Master of Arts in Education (and two other degrees along the way), and I can spell well…so I share my thoughts here on the Medium Forums.

I can say, without prejudice (as they like to say in legal briefs), that the American Way is not the easiest nor the most egalitarian, way to achieve success, nor to raise a family. We are a people of excessive pride and, more often than not, little compassion for our fellow beings. In the early days, we were a God-loving and God-fearing people who learned better moral values by going to church on Sunday, and studying the bible at night, to learn good social values.

Here in the days of impending Armageddon, we’re drinking and dancing on the tables, under which our servants and some of the vagrants are huddled in fear and dismay.

All good things come to an end sometime, they say. But somehow, I can’t help wondering why we have not learned better lessons and passed by the corruption and the vice that have come to fill our 21st century versions of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Why is it that the more things change, the more they stay the same? Sigh….

Member of the Medium Forum, varied interests, particularly preservation of American social equality and environmental preservation.

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