Party culture and inequality

Something I have been think8ng a lot about is the mixture of fun-loving, crazy and outta control pursuit of pleasure in America and the growing wealth inequality in America.

There used to be service-oriented jobs and younger people or wives tended to work these lower paying jobs. Now everyone does. A huge percent of America does qualify to pay income tax because they make less than the minimum amount or they are below the poverty line. Then you have Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z singing about suit ‘n’ tie events, truffles, and luxurious life. Even Lorde singing about all the wealth glamorized in pop culture, such as in socialite reality TV or celebrity news.
In history class, I heard that the Roman Empire put on circus performances, battles, and gave out free bread in the Colisseum as the empire began to crumble. And Marie Antoinette was vacationing in her garden residence putting on plays when she needed a break from the decadent jewels, cakes, and fashion in Versailles,  until the government was overthrown by the working classes.

I feel like the working classes are grasping at pleasure as fast as the wealth try to find sufficient pleasures to defeat their boredom.

Also, the generations born in the 80s have been described as childish and unwilling to grow up but most people I know live at home, don’t marry, or wait to have children because of employment and financial considerations.  When someone who is 26 can’t make more than someone who is a teenager, living a different kind of life is very difficult.

Professional jobs probably have the same competition other jobs do, and just finding an office job that pays decently is difficult.

This and our nation’s own debt, make me wonder where our nation is headed.

The federal government used to tax alcohol makers and it was more than half of the federal budget … then teetotallers got a federal income tax … but when some people make 8 dollars an hour and other people make 500,000 dollars a year … I guess, it is frailty of the psyche and the desperation of those with the least which should move us to change something.  Because if the culture of fun is just an escape, how long can we ignore what is tearing apart our communities and nation.

Daily Life in Korea 58

May 5th is Children’s Day and when students say what they want to do that day, they say things like see a movie, eat in a restaurant, go to play games at a PC room, and sleep.  Those seem like such normal weekend activities (yes, this is the first year they had two-day weekends-before every other Saturday was a half-day at school).  But I suppose it is normal, except they could be doing those things with their parents.  But they also told me they want to receive money and gifts so now I know what the magic of Children’s Day is really all about: spend some time with the old folks and get some monetary compensation.  It’s kind of like Christmas.  Actually, Korean kids have birthdays, Christmas, Seollal or Chinese New Year, and Children’s Day-spoiled little bastards.