America ultimately has one major quintessential flaw and that is the worship of money. Americans bow down so low to the almighty dollar that we are willing to forgive most transgressions of the wealthy because we generally view the wealthy as more intelligent, morally superior, and as having better genetic stock. This has been the case since the days when America was 13 colonies. Sir Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin wrote in praise of the wealthy and in stern condemnation of the poor. In fact, they both used a term called, “clay eaters” to describe the poor farmers of the south.
Since Americans will readily hold wealth up on a pedestal, they will continually vote in favor of the wealthy. Mental health professionals often wonder and theorize about this Stockholm Syndrome. They have come to the conclusion that most Americans see themselves as millionaires-in-waiting so they vote for policies friendly to the wealthy in preparation for when it’s their turn to come into money. That way, when the said Americans come into their millions, policies will already be in place to protect them.
The people continuously siding with the wealthy on issues actually are slowly destroying their own freedoms on a mere hope. Unironically, they have supported policies that make their own lives more desperate and difficult all in the name of a the belief that hard work earns riches and pressure turns coal into diamonds. Pressure does turn coal into diamonds but over thousands of years. We have just 100 years to live so they might as well be good years instead of a desperate struggle.
Thankfully, I believe the tide is slowly turning and Americans are slowly awakening to the rags to riches and pressure turning coal into diamonds myth. We are slowly seeing that our hard work is not benefiting us at all. The more hours we put in at our jobs, the less time we have to spend with things that really matter: our friends and family. The more time we spend away from homes and our families, the more we suffer for it. The only beneficiaries of our hard work are, categorically, the 1%.