@jquick Huh, you don't know anyone who works for a nonprofit? I have to rack my brain to think of any friends who aren't either working for a nonprofit or in grad school.
@WayDownSouth Yes. "I don't want to think about it" is a REALLY reckless and childish financial strategy. I honestly can't imagine spending so freely and casually on dinners and clothes, given an unemployed partner, credit card debt, and minimal savings. I'm getting anxiety just thinking about it. It sounds like a pretty privileged worldview all around. Like . . . is this person in a position where their parents would pick up rent or medical bills if something happened? Do they even have student loans? *Hyperventilates.*
@honey cowl He certainly doesn't sound like someone I'd like to have a drink with.
@boringbunny You know, I think it really matters that this guy can't see himself as rich. It speaks to the fact of how important stability is. And I think the question of whether or not our wealth (as a nation and as individuals or families) is growing is something we fixate on, but we don't regard stability in the same way. In the U.S., we glorify the notion of risking a lot and hitting it big, but we don't pay attention to the fact that the very system in place that allows people to hit it SO big, and to become SO incredibly wealthy also means that people who do not hit it big are pretty much fucked. It's a ''winner-take-all" system. And a system like that (especially in an economic environment where the middle class has been in serious decline for decades, and in a country that doesn't have a real social safety net) encourages people to aim for obscene wealth, because the only other option is barely scraping by. So people glorify extreme wealth and the consumerism and materialism that signify extreme wealth, and legitimately wealthy people don't feel wealthy because it's unstable (and hoard their money, and spend their time trying to obtain greater and greater wealth), and nobody wins. That is a pretty interesting, and deeply fucked-up system of wealth. And I'm inclined to think that a society that put as much value on the idea of stability as it did on wealth (and had economic policies that reflected that value structure) would be made of communities where people felt a lot less worried, and a lot more stable, and a lot less like they needed to make seven figures and a range rover just to scrape by. So yeah, I want this dude to acknowledge his wealth. Because not acknowledging it is evidence of how fucked-up our economic landscape is.