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or imagine money as a lighter-than-air gas

Another way of interpreting the analogy is imagining a pyramid with the rich at the top, because there are fewer of them, and they would collapse without the labor of the poor at the base.

But on the other hand, the rich have a lot of power to make the poor collapse, too… and an upside-down pyramid, about to fall, is probably a better picture of our economy.

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emphasis on little

I was born into a rich family, and although I work at a retail pharmacy and am not currently rich, I fully recognize that my privilege of being born wealthy was a big part of what has allowed me to get by. If my parents hadn’t been able to afford college for me, I might not have gotten a job; even menial retail jobs discriminate in favor of college graduates. If I’d had to take out a student loan, I would be forced to give away a big chunk of all the money I earned, even if I did have a job.

I can attribute some of my success to my own intelligence and interpersonal skills, but then I realize I have to attribute those things, in part, to having well-educated parents, which in turn is attributable to wealth.

I know I’m privileged in some ways, so I try to put my privilege to good use. I can’t make it go away, but I can try to use any wealth and influence it gives me for the purpose of helping others.

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  happy 9th anniversary to john and me

I like existing, but I feel deeply troubled by the thought of anyone having children in this overpopulated world. So, like most people, I have had to come to terms with the fact that I exist because of something I consider distasteful and perhaps wrong.

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 Also possibly the term 'bullfighting ring'

When I was a kid, I told the other girls that their pierced ears were against nature, because aside from the digestive system, no animal naturally has a hole that goes all the way through any body part. (I dutifully stopped making this claim when someone demonstrated to me that you can stick a noodle up your nose and pull it out your mouth.)

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