Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Visionary.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded--here and there, now and then--are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck."
--Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

The floor is open for discussion.  

6 comments:

  1. the slide has began

    My father related many stories to me of growing up -- absolutely -- dirt poor during the Depression. It'll be a hard row to hoe for almost everyone, real poverty is a stranger to most.

    later,
    -Moe

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    1. It's really going to suck for the people who need medicine to survive.

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  2. It looks like we're in for a run of "bad luck" in this country the way things are going.

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    1. That had occurred to me, yes. I'm doing my best to minimize the affects of said "bad luck" on my family.

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  3. People here have NO comprehension of absolute abject poverty...

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    1. Most don't, no. I've never been homeless, but I spent much of my early childhood hungry, through parental stupidity.

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