Sunday, December 22, 2013

Not sure if it's a coincidence that both cities I travel to / live in the most have both become "playgrounds for the rich". It is hard to ignore the obvious class divide that now exists in both cities where both "working class" and "culturally diverse"elements have long sculpted the iconic identities of both cities. There was writing on the wall a long time ago. But to see it actualized in this kind of growing extreme in a relatively short amount of time, especially in San Francisco where the land size is only 49 sq miles compared to New York's like 300 sq miles, is just a general bummer. And it's not just the fact that new buildings go up and that all change is bad, or that everyone that is new moving in making more than $75,000 a year is automatically a dickhead. One of my concerns is what's really happening to balance out the overhaul in class displacement? Nothing. Nothing ever happens when big money is involved. And why should the middle class expect different treatment than those who the government identify as "poor". And there are endless examples of this in America. Dude I was at Target with my mom today and I saw a boardgame for LOGOS. Just identifying logos like fucking Taco Bell and shit. America is Big Business. And unless you are in the 1% we are all virtual pawns in the matrix with internet access. 

Because there are two sides to every coin and while it is a shitty move to evict people out of their homes, if the real estate prices call for higher rent then is it the land owner's responsibility to theoretically "subsidize" lower rents for it's tenants as the values change?

The shitty thing about getting older in this day in age there is not always a black and white answer.  I think there used to be more black and white answers. Like people used to be able to afford college. People used to be guaranteed jobs after college. People used to be able to get married and have a kid at a younger age and it wasn't economically impractical. All these things constituted to people being able to afford a "middle class" lifestyle and consumer luxuries. Even if you didn't graduate college, there were still opportunities in other fields like manufacturing to bring home the bacon. The white picket fenced dream of Suburban America. Before you know it, people are going to be taking out mortgages on tree houses-SHITS DONE CHANGED!

I've asked plenty of real New Yorkers what they've felt about all the changes in New York, and almost all of them have said that they just got used to it. It's only a matter of time before your feelings become calloused to all the bullshit that you feel you can't control. But getting used to things doesn't necessarily mean you don't care anymore, I just take it as you kind of move on. But if you really want to do something, no matter the obstacles, whether physical or financial, people have always found ways to do some pretty impressive things. Sometimes you just have to get more creative when the path isn't as clear. As long as you don't get burnt out on the bullshit because willpower is a sacred resource that the 1% is probably trying to dismantle. And right now the middle class path in America has obviously been dealt a hand grenade but I think despite the odds, some really cool, unexpected things can still stand to happen in the future.

My dad sent me this a month ago but I never got around the posting it. With 13 million views because it has become a viral learning tool about the current wealth inequality in America.

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