posted on May, 28 2007 @ 02:03 PM
Yesterday at work, I heard a co-worker of mine say two things that just really got to me. Not so much at first, but the more I think about it the
more it gets to me. She's normally a very nice girl, although a tad on the hippie side. I always figured, though, that she was pretty open-minded
and intelligent nonetheless. We work at a coffee shop, by the way. It was kind of close to closing time. I was mopping the floor, and she was on
register. A customer came up to her and made small talk. They started talking about this guy who was trying to start up a small business and how
hard it was. He started telling her about all the hoops he had to jump through, and that it feels like he'll never get started, and she says "Well,
that's capitalism!" in a way that obviously means she's not happy with capitalism.
First off, a free market system is a system that's geared towards citizens starting up their own business. Ideally, this should be the easiest
system to start up a business, but she says it like this customer's troubles are all the fault of capitalism. Is this just out of sheer
ignorance? Did somebody tell her this and she repeated it without really thinking? Does she actually have a logical argument to back this up? I had
to find out. I waited until the customer was gone, then brought up the subject again. She started talking about how she doesn't like the way that
nobody looks out for each other in capitalism. I told her "Yeah, but to start a small business, capitalism is still the best we have. It's about
the freedom to do what you want with your money. Maybe it's not the best for the poor, but we're talking about opening a business here" or
something along those lines, and she drops another bombshell. "And that's why I hate America." Right after she said it, a rush of customers came
in so we never really got to finish our discussion.
How can a person, especially a fairly privileged American, say something like that? She's all about helping the oppressed, the homeless, etc. Does
she realize how much this country does for charity in our country and in others? For Christ's sake, she just got accepted into a pretty well-known
and prestigious college. How can a person who has lived such a good life so far, taking advantage of all of the freedoms this country has given them,
turn around and say that they hate it? It's like a spoiled child telling their parents that she hates them because they didn't buy her enough toys.
Like I said, this girl is usually pretty intelligent and open-minded. I didn't start this thread to trash anybody or to start up an argument on
whether or not the U.S is a good country. This just seriously bothers me how people like her can say things like that, and I'd like to maybe dissect
it and discuss what makes privileged Americans turn their backs on their own country like that. And no, she wasn't joking. She did back up her
statement with "Well, I don't hate the people."