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February 13, 2006



You wrote:

Kurt Vonnegut observed that many societies have folk tales about people who are poor, but wise or courageous and worthy of esteem. In the U.S., we have no such traditions.

Oh, I see; so Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, all of Faulkner, ... none of those "folk tales" matter? I love Vonnegut, but if that's what he said he had some blinders on at the time.

Oh wait, forgot about Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Davy Crockett, and maybe there might've been one or two others. But really no American "wise or courageous" folk heroes to write home about.



Gary missed the point:

I think that a lot of people in our society would like to think that the wise, courageous and worthy of esteem are rewarded with financial success once these qualities are identified within them. They forget the lesson of these tales, which is that the potential to demonstrate these qualities exists in EVERY person. Some people have to take a much harder path than others to live up to their potential, and some people never have to demonstrate those qualities at all, because they are born and raised wealthy and careless.

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