9 July 2007
Well, we got no class
And I don't have a whole lot of principal, which brings down my overall results in The New York Times Social Class Calculator.
Nor am I alone. Erica notes:
I think people in my particular demographic are seeing a huge discrepancy between occupation / education / income and wealth. At least I am, anyway.
In their case, it's likely because they simply don't own a lot of the stuff that is considered "wealth." I have more of it, I suppose, but I also have more debt than they do (two words: "Surlywood mortgage"), so I come out around the same place. I may own six figures, but I also owe six figures. (Fortunately, what I own is still more than what I owe.)
And I used to have the same obsession with class as the Times has:
When I was younger and, let's face it, up to now I always was younger I was convinced that the world, or at least the part of it that was relevant to my existence, operated on a caste system, and that movement across those social strata was less common than the American We the People mythos would have us believe.
I perceived three subsets: lower, middle and upper, each of which was divided into three further subsets: lower, middle and upper. The bottom of the range was therefore Lower Lower (duh), while the top was Upper Upper (double duh). I should have known that there was something askew with this scheme when I couldn't locate the dividing line between Upper Lower (#3) and Lower Middle (#4), despite the fact that crossing that line was high on my list of Things to Do; I saw myself as Middle Lower (#2), and that sight made me ill.
Fortunately, I got over (most of) it.Posted at 10:41 AM to Almost Yogurt
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