by Ramit Sethi:
I read this line over at Trent’s blog, The Simple Dollar, where he was talking about people who can afford nice things.
”To get to this point, you either had to make some tremendous sacrifices along the way – often damaging relationships and missing out on life-affirming experiences and going through painful “salad years” without much at all – or simply have had the ability and opportunity to be in the right place at the right time to take advantage of it – to which I say ‘good for them’ instead of really being jealous of them.”
Anybody see the invisible scripts here?
As a counterpoint: I have done pretty well in the last few years and, while luck had a lot to do with it, I also worked very hard — and I have not had to go through terrible ordeals or damaging relationships to do so.
In fact, I live in New York and San Francisco and go out enough that I can drink most of you under the table on any given Wednesday night.
I’m not picking on Trent specifically, but I want to make a larger point:
Whenever you read pop culture — including this blog — you’ll see implicit biases and invisible scripts appear. They’re often so subtle that you won’t recognize them, and after repeated exposure, you may begin unconsciously agreeing with them.
Here’s a perfect example: a comment from Reddit where the author writes about how evil wealthy people must be.
”The central lie here being getting rich through hard, honest work. I don’t think anyone has ever gotten rich without the determination of screwing other people out of their money.”
This post first appears on I Will Teach You To Be Rich, here…