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Can We Agree on What Constitutes ENOUGH… and If So, Can We Restore Childhood?

I just finished reading a thought provoking NYTimes opinion piece by Malcolm Harris titled “Competition is Ruining Childhood. The Kids Should Fight Back.” In the essay Mr. Harris bemoans the impact competition has on childhood, which he characterizes in this paragraph:

Many of today’s kids have lived their entire lives, from sunup until midnight, in a fierce tournament with their peers. (I was one of them. A decade after graduation, I still can’t think of a period when I’ve worked harder than in high school.) From kindergarten to 12th grade, schools brag about how “competitive” they are. That means it’s not enough for students to do their best. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field or at home on the computer, they must always be better. Youth has become a debilitating endurance test.

“The thing is, we don’t even really know what we are racing for, much less how to tone down the competition. “

I have news for Mr. Harris: We’re racing for… MORE! At first we want more money so we can acquire more stuff but when that fails to satisfy us we want more power so we can control more people and make sure we can hold onto our stuff…

What we need is to accept is that we have ENOUGH… And we need to develop a tax code that explicitly defines ENOUGH and confiscates money in excess of that figure… Is a salary of, say, $500,000 per year ENOUGH? Is passing along an inheritance of, say, $1,000,000 ENOUGH? Are profits of, say, 4% per year ENOUGH? If we could agree on what constitutes ENOUGH we might find that there is ENOUGH money to help everyone achieve that standard of living….

Maybe as Congress debates the tax bill the ADULTS should fight back and say the plutocrats have enough… if we did that we might find that we would all have ENOUGH… and we would have more time to enjoy our life instead of being in a “debilitating endurance test.”

 

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