Maybe the loss of concept of obligation of noblesse oblige is why we're in the situation we're in now. Wealth used to be inherited, and so with it came all kinds of identity notions passed down from grandfather/mother to grandson/daughter about obligation in a diverse community. Now, with 'creation' or more likely accumulation of pre-existing wealth in an upwardly mobile society, along with not knowing how to choose fine wine, our wealth creators don't understand the obligations of their new found place which are necessary if a society can stay in balance. Of course, the driver for this churning of wealth to the people who now hold it, has been the Chicago School or Ayn Rand philosophies of self-interest, self-serving and succeeding alone.
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