Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 04:42:43 AM EST
I have really struggled with our recent discussions on this subject of class. I'm not suggesting the discusions have been wrong, by any means, but just trying to absorb them into my own way of thinking. Class in my background seems to have a couple of potential definitions. One, as I grew up, was kind of a snooty one, I went on scholarship to a somewhat highbrow private college, and i did have two feelings about class--one was a confusion, maybe inferiority, toward others that clearly came from the high brow backgrounds. Eastern backgrounds, private high schools, their manners were different (i guess better) than mine. I made a number of social mistakes in my first few months, being a naive midwestern kid. And now looking back, I was a lower middle class kid, that just didn't understand a lot of these dress, etc. issues. so I guess in the British-like view of class, I was a lower middle class kid.
On the monetary level, I was definitely a lower class kid--scholarships and loans, etc.
I mention this only in the sense of trying to relate to what class really is. Should we define ourselves by definitions of class, like how good our high schools were, how good our manners are, how rich our parents are, or how rich we have now become?
Moving to a spiritual view of this idea of class, obviously Jesus would not have accepted the above definitions.
Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head
The rich man provide his house, but the poor woman gave much more. Said another way, the meek shall inherit the earth.
The Tao Te Ching;
Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
If you realise that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.
Our recent discussions on class seem to focus on annual income per capita. But does that make sense? As I look back on the people I grew up with, one dimension is how much money all of us made, but it's just a dimension. Some are artists (poets, musicians, and writers), some are business people, some are preachers, some are doctors, some are housewives and husbands, some are,,,,, Most are grandparents,,,etc, etc. etc. Somehow this concept of class that we are discussing didn't really have much importance.