The BBs of Wealth

I promised myself that I would not post anything on here with either a political, religious or social point of view.  I failed.  Oh well.  Here goes...

For those of you out there that know me, you know that I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal.  The video below was shared with me by a friend and I'm not sure what his intent was in sharing this with me.  Was he hoping to sway my perspective?  Was he trying to start a conversation?  Who knows...  When I asked him, he said that he just thought it was interesting and wanted to share.  On that point I had to agree.  It is interesting however other than being interesting, and maybe slightly thought provoking, I'm not sure what additional value it provides.  Nonetheless I also agree that it is sharing worthy whether I agree with the intent of the message or not. 

The video below is a creative exercise using sound to demonstrate the wealth divide in the United States and as a person that is aurally sensitive, this experiment stood out to me as soon as I saw and more importantly, heard it.  I've always said that knowing something and seeing it, can often have two very different effects on people.  For example, we all know where meat comes from but when you see the actual butchering process it can still be a bit shocking.  A similar circumstance exists here.  We know and understand the dollar figure differences between the most wealthy people in America and everyone else, but HEARING it can still be a bit shocking. 

Personally I believe that wealth inequality is neither good nor bad, but rather the result of choices we all make.   There will always be outliers (people that inherit their money or win the lottery, etc.) but for the most part what is equal and should always remain equal, is every American's ability to make their own choices.  Those choices determine our outcomes.  Life will never be equal or fair.  That's fantasy land.  In the real world we are responsible for our actions and our choices and we should stand up and own the outcomes that result from those.  I personally hold myself acountable for my choices and actions.  I've made some great choices in life and I've also made some really "dumb shit, what the fuck were you thinking" choices as well.  In every case, it was me behind the wheel. Good outcome or bad, they were always my fault.

I'm finished now.  Take a listen...