In the arms of an Angel

Angel Of The Morning

"God can be known through immediate experience arrived at by ascetic practices." - Meister Eckhart

Myths of Economic Inequality

"With government you have surrogate decision makers that cannot possibly know as much as the individuals whose decisions have been preempted."
Thomas Sowell


Origin: 1640–50; < Greek aske-tikós subject to rigorous exercise, hardworking, equivalent to aske - (see askesis) + -tikos -tic

a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.

a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.

in the early Christian church a monk or a hermit.


the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic

rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity; mortification of the flesh

the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial while undergoing trials and tribulations.

an austere, simple Way of the Lumière Infinie in which persons renounce material pleasures and devote their energy to moral or religious purpose.

World's highest standard of living

American Myth of Social Mobility

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Americans aren't so optimistic about economic mobility

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Books: Horatio Alger

"Now, good clothes exert more influence upon the wearer than we might at first suppose. So it was with Tom." - Horatio Alger Jr., Tattered Tom: Or, the Story of a Street Arab

Stories of Horatio Alger are misleading as they allow people to believe anyone can improve their social status through diligent hard work.

The stories give false hope and fake comfort to those that read them as they are uplifting when, unlike actual reality, opportunity knocks.

It is rare to find a kind rich person to help with money or a better job.

Five Things About the Horatio Alger Myth

Horatio Alger: The Moral of the Story

Working Class Hero

"I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathized with is very small.

To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins is to do wrong.

Let us remember there is not a poor person in the US who was not made poor by his own shortcomings." - Russell Conwell, Acres of Diamonds

"Cross country comparisons have been performed for a number of years using different measures where the countries included Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the US.

Studies have examined income mobility elasticity (the percentage of increase in a son's income associated with a 1 percent increase in the father's income), correlations between income of two generations as well as examining the probability of someone born in one income level moving to another.

All of these studies have drawn the same conclusion, that the United States has lower, not higher, mobility than other wealthy countries.

In studies on income mobility elasticity, it was seen that an American man's income is nearly twice as reliant on his father's background as a Canadian.

One interesting study examined the probability that a son will remain in his father's income quintile, where a quintile represents one-fifth of the population ranked from lowest to highest income.

In that study of six countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the UK, and the US), the data demonstrate that 42 percent of the American sons of fathers born in the poorest quintile landed in the poorest quintile themselves.

This rate of the persistence of poverty was far higher than the 30 percent found in the UK and well above the 25 percent to 28 percent range found in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway." - Howard Steven Friedman

"For decades, the wealthy have been held up as people to be admired, victors in the Darwinian economic struggle by virtue of their personal ingenuity.

Americans consistently supported fiscal policies that undermined middle and working-class interests as they saw themselves as rich-people-in-waiting:

Given time, toil and compound interest, anyone could retire a millionaire.

That mind-set has all but been eradicated by the damage sustained by the average worker's nest egg, combined with the spectacle of bankers and financial engineers maintaining their lifestyles with multimillion-dollar bonuses while the submerged 99% struggle for oxygen.

By my count, roughly one-quarter of the names on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans got there by inheritance (and by no means have all of them enhanced the family fortune with their own toil or brainpower).

A few years ago, it was common to think of the rich as a special breed.

We may soon come around to George Orwell's view that the only difference between rich and poor is income." - Michael Hiltzik, March 19, 2009

"Wait a minute - you're going to help firefighters and police to attain the American Dream while some of us can only dream!

Let's see, we help school teachers, we help welfare mothers (Section 8) and now we want to help firefighters and police who already make a good salary.

There's a group of us who are just under the "middle class" who get no help.

Am I jealous? You're damn right I am." - Charles Martin

"A survey for the New York Times in 2005 found that 80% of those polled believed that it was possible to start out poor, work hard and become rich, compared with less than 60% back in 1983.

By international standards, America has an unusually low level of intergenerational mobility.

Intergenerational mobility in America is lower than in France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

Among high-income countries for which comparable estimates are available, only the United Kingdom had a lower rate of mobility than America.

The intergenerational findings suggest family background matters.

Income volatility has led to an increase in the frequency of large negative income shocks, which translates to an increase in financial distress.

Household short-term income mobility at the median in 2003-04 was no more favorable than in the recession years of 1990-91.

The recent economic expansion generated tepid growth in median household income, and a considerable increase in the risk of major income losses.

Record levels of debt mean income losses have lasting effects on finances.

Both large upward and large downward movements have become frequent.

This is evidence of a fundamental shift in the relation between economic growth and economic security, as even those who work overtime on a consistent basis no longer appear to be able to generate much upward mobility for their families." - Tom Hertz, American University

2001  Married couples are twice as likely to file for bankruptcy and more likely to lose homes to foreclosure than childless couples or single adults.

To families in America today a second income is not a luxury but a necessity.

As it takes two incomes to survive, financial shocks such as the involuntary loss of a job or a health crisis, are much more likely to devastate the family.

2004   In America over 30% of marriages end within the first 10 years.

41% of first marriages end in divorce after an average of 8 years.

Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40%.

43% of children growing up in America today are raised without fathers.

Americans are being forced to chose between economic security or family.

"This debunks the myth of America as the land of golden opportunity." - Bhashkar Mazumder, senior economist Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Scapegoat Economics 2015

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"Our people are good people; our people are kind people.
Pray God some day kind people won't all be poor."

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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