Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Footnote on the Previous Post

The poor are important, because they enable the rest of us to be middle class. Without them, we are all at the bottom -- or close to it.

As a friend of Patrick's, a guy who had been homeless and who became a well respected activist, said, "We are all one truck -- one accident -- away from homelessness."

A scary thought. But those of us with educations, who call ourselves middle class, can use the poor and the poorly educated as a defense against that thought.

Hah! I sing in triumph.
I have a PhD!
I will never be homeless!
No harm can come to me!


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