My friend Peter Clough put it well. “We can be such terrible fools,” he said.
“Wealthy people present such luxurious homes and lovely clothes and hair and self-satisfaction — it is difficult to think of these things as often paid for through the denial and toil of others less fortunate.
“In a class-based society, the winners are not questioned about their circumstances, their exhibitions of extravagance, their gated lives, their disregard for those who struggle to have even minimal lives — however, those who live in the margins must account for their desperation and need. It is a hallmark of hyper-individualism that our fates are viewed entirely as self-made (wealthy) or self-inflicted (poverty).”