There is much talk about the chaos of this political season. Regardless of who you support and why, this season is definitely “off-script.” Many people are laying the blame at the feet of the continued dying of the middle class. Most of the articles contending this are too partisan for linking here in Switzerland, but if you read this blog chances are good you have read them somewhere. Indeed, the separation between people and the classes has grown, but I don’t think it is purely about socioeconomics. That’s too easy to fix, we’ve done it before.
The problem is, I think, that in our media saturated world it is too easy to exist in a self-gratified micro-environment regardless of what socioeconomic class you are in. Not only do the privileged fail to see the plight of the less so, but the underprivileged never see, seriously anyway, what else is out there – they have no vision of anything to aspire to. Whether self-gratified by the privilege or self-gratified in grumbling about underprivilege, the problem is not socioeconomics, but self-gratification. Continue Reading