Monday, April 18, 2011

polite society

It is obligatory these days in a polite society to have a complicated attitude toward success. If you attend a prestigious college or professional school, you are supposed to struggle tirelessly for success while denying that you have much interest in it. If you do achieve it, you are expected to shroud your wealth in locally grown produce, understated luxury cars and nubby fabrics.

I thought Berkeley was an extreme in this spectrum, but maybe it was partially that I moved here at the same time I became aware of what polite successful society consists of. Are the upper middle class really like this everywhere...?

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