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Old 09-07-2012, 09:32 PM   #98
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Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post

What it says to me is that, in an age of advanced technology, we should not measure ourselves by the fate of the middle class, but rather by the fate of the poorest in our society. That should be our measuring stick, and when they are living comfortable lives, then we have truly succeeded as a civilization.
And therein lies the rub, because with those same technology advancements comes the need to redefine poor. A large portion of society seems unwilling to accept that because of said advancements, a person may possess material goods that seem excessive when in fact they are pretty much a requirement to move out of poverty. Take for example a cell phone with a data plan. It seems like a luxury and draws the ire of people when the same person could have a land line and basic cable service and pay more on those two than the data plan phone. As for big tvs heck I think you can get a 36" tv for only a few bucks more than a 19" one provided you can even find the smaller one for sale. I guess I am saying that running water and heat was at one point a luxury and is now considered something that is a part of life for everyone except the most exceedingly poor.

I guess poor gets tossed in with art and porn in that we know it when we see it maybe?
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