What is the difference between working class and middle class, if there is one?
Social Norm said something about planning, forethought and time. I thought maybe he was implying some of us just need to try harder. Maybe he’s right but doesn’t realize what he said.
Access, enculturation and context equate to different kinds of privilege. When we’re born into a particular class we receive access to the privileges and practices of that group. Crossing class boundaries requires a see-saw of acceptance and letting go through relationships, shifting ties and attempting to make new ones. Have you ever seen a crab try to leave a trap? All the other crabs rip at the body and limbs of the climber, usually until the climber is dead. Humans have the tools to be different from crustaceans but we don’t always use them. Why? Maybe evolution is like the remote. We’d rather lay there than reach.
The crossing of boundaries or even gaining acceptance within our birth class are rooted in biology, genetics and the unspoken social contract. We need ‘the tribe’ for survival. If you want to hang with us you got to look, think, act, dress, believe, walk and talk just like us? Great…what if I don’t have legs? No soup for you! Survival for human beings requires us to meet biopsychosocial needs. I tried making soap. Hooray for fire extinguishers. We’re primitively wired to resist differences and condemn dissent to protect the collective ego. Where do you think you’re going? Are we not good enough for you? Who do you think you are? An emotionally evolved, awakened society would allow for more fluid transition between lifestyles with greater acceptance and no defenses. There are over 2000 Waffle Houses in the U.S but only one White House. Food for thought.
Dare to dream. I love you. Happy Friday xo