Foreigners envy Americans for our wealth and relative ease of social mobility. While realistically it is rare, it is totally possible to go from dirt poor to upper middle class within a generation.
And luxuries are abundant. One reason I don’t take Black activism seriously is because true poverty doesn’t exist in America. I’ve done plumbing calls in the ghetto; Blacks will live in an apartment with mold crawling up the walls and a television the size of the wall. Everyone has running water and electricity. Our poor get obese instead of starve. We literally reward poor people, single mothers, and others who made bad life decisions with free money to purchase food, which they sell to their friends for cash or spend on Red Bull and Slurpies.
So while you may be in anguish over how difficult it is to afford rent and a car, literally no one in America starves to death. You don’t live in real poverty. We have an abundance of gadgets and technology toys, and some of them have become essential to function in our society, and many of them are too expensive to afford, but they are all available. I had a $40 smartphone that worked perfectly fine for two years. When Blacks complain about income inequality, what they are really complaining is that they can’t afford as many luxuries as Whites can.
But what have we done with these luxuries? The smartphone was billed as a super computer in your pocket, but instead it’s a pacifier to keep children quiet in restaurants (by playing the “Baby Shark” song for everyone else to hear). Our televisions bring the theater into our homes, and so all day we watch the circuses. The news cycle has devolved into a soap opera. Our sports journalism has gone from focusing on the actual games to pre-post seasons reviews and profile pieces on top players. The Super Bowl is now a week-long event
We have birth control, the ability to divorce sex from its consequences. Is this used like originally intended, to responsibly procreate so that poor people don’t have more kids than they can afford? No, birth control is used to waste your youthful years destroying your body while the poor people have more kids than they can afford so that they can live on government assistance.
Southern gospel music, one of the last pieces of truly authentic culture, has been traded for pop worship, and the archetypical “fire-breathing Baptist preacher with foam on his mouth” is as outdated as quilting circles and the Elks Lodge.
The true cost of American freedom is our very souls. We sold our humanity for wealth and convenience. Our golden small towns with local cultures are covered in a sea of McDonald’s, and the household idol of the television illuminates every living room window. The iconography of our culture is Iron Man, Harry Potter and Katy Perry. Birth control is our Eucharist, antidepressants our unction, and pornography our baptism. What immigrants don’t realize is that within a generation or two their children will indeed be assimilated into the American melting pot.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”