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Question: Why do those of wealth and beauty know nothing of work or duty!?
I thought this was a profound little quip from the Decemberists "We go down together"Www@QuestionHome@Com

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That's really great! Where did you find that!? I want to get a copy of it!Www@QuestionHome@Com

It's not profound; it's narrow-minded!. How do you think most people became rich!? By sitting on their butts doing nothing!? And how do you think they continue to keep their wealth!? I know many hard-working people who are wealthy, and I know a LOT of very lazy people who are poor (myself being in the poor, lazy category!)

As for beauty, it's true that it can help someone get ahead easily, but it can also be a handicap!. How serious do you think people take a beautiful female attorney before getting to know her!? Many, like you and The Decemberists, might assume that she slept her way to the top, or that she's an idiot!.

Saying that "those of wealth and beauty know nothing of work or duty" is just as prejudicial, closed-minded and ignorant as saying "Black people rob liquor stores" or "Mexicans don't like to work!." Just because you're not speaking of their skin color doesn't make it anything other than what it is!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Cute quote, but not always true!.
I've worked as executive assistant to some of LA's most prominent businessmen, and the generosity and integrity that I've encountered has been truly heartwarming!. I'm not just talking about money, but actual involvement in community and service, in many instances, involving the entire family!. Many charitable foundations are started by the wealthy who happen to have a passion for a particular cause!. Of course, not all wealthy families are the same, but they are human beings like the rest of us who just happen to be graced with money and privilege!. Why should we think less of them because they have more!?

That said, money can also make you lazy and vain - I've seen alot of that too! :-)Www@QuestionHome@Com

A word is missing from the phrase!.!.!."Why do SOME of wealth and beauty know nothing of work or duty"!.

Why does anyone, wealthy or not, of beauty or not, know nothing of any given thing!?

The "why" of that is that some are "shadowed" and unaware and some are not!.

It's just a lyric, not an generalized observation of the human condition!. It's not that profound!. The boy came from a wealthy family of beautiful people and was spoiled because he was pampered!. He didn't have to work or do chores or keep promises, etc!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Ah yes, the rich people!. The last legitimate target of PC-acceptable ridicule and stereotype!. Thank God that we'll have at least one minority group that we can always belittle, otherwise, bigots would have no outlet to blame their problems on!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Often times, the rich and beautiful only see their little "bubble" or community and don't see the real world!. It's really sad!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

It was not in their present earthly adventure!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

I am not sure !.!.!. but they are too busy enjoying themselves!Www@QuestionHome@Com