Whenever you bring up the idea of "privilege," people tend to get really bent out of shape. They imagine some bratty kid being handed everything on a silver spoon, not some of the opportunities and chances they have just by virtue of say for example, being born into an upper middle class family as opposed to a poor one, or someone questioning you running for president not based on your merit which they should do, but because of your race or gender.
I know in my life I have worked extremely hard to get where I am, but I also know I am lucky to have had two parents still married highly educated who put me in every program, encouraged my school work, supported me and my dreams, etc. and for me it's not about apologizing for that, but recognizing that there are a lot of people who were like the example, born into situations that started them off on the wrong foot or severely hindered their potential. I believe everyone can do or accomplish the same if not better than myself, but for others it may be through herculean efforts that I cannot fathom, like having to get to school every day through gang neighborhoods or growing up in an abusive home.
What do you think?
Most Helpful Guy
No, I'm a white American male. In the words of billionaire Warren Buffett, I won the Ovarian Lottery.
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Warren Buffett recently met with a group of MBA students.
A student asked him what shaped his political views (Buffett is a Democrat). The famous investor offered a great thought experiment, which helped him think through the kind of world he wants to live in. In it he characterizes something he calls the "Ovarian Lottery":
My political views were formed by this process. Just imagine that it is 24 hours before you are born. A genie comes and says to you in the womb, "You look like an extraordinarily responsible, intelligent, potential human being. [You're] going to emerge in 24 hours and it is an enormous responsibility I am going to assign to you - determination of the political, economic and social system into which you are going to emerge. You set the rules, any political system, democracy, parliamentary, anything you wish - you can set the economic structure, communistic, capitalistic, set anything in motion and I guarantee you that when you emerge this world will exist for you, your children and grandchildren.
What's the catch? One catch - just before you emerge you have to go through a huge bucket with 7 billion slips, one for each human. Dip your hand in and that is what you get - you could be born intelligent or not intelligent, born healthy or disabled, born black or white, born in the US or in Bangladesh, etc. You have no idea which slip you will get. Not knowing which slip you are going to get, how would you design the world? Do you want men to push around females? It's a 50/50 chance you get female. If you think about the political world, you want a system that gets what people want. You want more and more output because you'll have more wealth to share around.
Most Helpful Girl
I have Not Gotten to Be Master here, dear, without Very Hard work. It took me a little over Two years but I never Deactivated or Deviated from my Plan.
All of my Life, no Matter what it is that I had Wanted to Accomplish, I know one Thing... I was Not born with a Silver Spoon in my Mouth, and what I have had to Earn, it is because I Worked hard enough to Accomplish it and have Always tried Extra hard to Make sure it Never went South. And if it did, I Picked myself up and Began Again, my Friend.
Good luck and Great question. xx0