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14 October 2010 @ 06:41 pm
You Tell 'Em, Herman  
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." - Herman Melville

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."
— Herman Melville
Tapatitapati on October 15th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I definitely should read that. Yes, I think a lot of attitudes have been ingrained for generations. There are always a few people who see the fallacies inherent in the cultural norms of their time and speak out against them.

There are those who simply don't see poor people as people. You (general, societal "you") pretty much have to dehumanize and demonize poor people in order to not care or feel any sense of responsibility for children going hungry or people living on the street in your society. And for our society to keep churning out relatively cheap food and services we need poor people and illegal immigrants willing to work for wages too meager to live on.
Equinoxstephanieb on October 15th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
If you like audio books, At Home is really well-done. I listen to a TON of audio books and have gotten pretty picky about narration. Bryson reads it himself and he possesses one of my very favorite voices of all time (half small-town Iowa, half England). I'd listen to him read a phone book.

Nothing to do but nod at your second paragraph; you're exactly right.