How To: Overcome the Burden of Privilege

by nicjondon

This reminded me of the song “Common People” by the legendary Britpop band Pulp. I’ve posted the essential core lyrics of it below:

Rent a flat above a shop, cut your hair and get a job.
Smoke some fags and play some pool, pretend you never went to school.
But still you’ll never get it right 
‘cos when you’re laying in bed at night watching roaches climb the wall
If you call your Dad he could stop it all.
You’ll never live like common people
You’ll never do what common people do
You’ll never fail like common people

However, Kate sounds more insecure than privileged – and… truthfully – she comes off as stereotypical new money. My response to her histrionic plea: Your privilege seems to be a non-issue. You are the issue. Ultimately you sound rotten and sad about shallow issues because you have nothing else to care about but your non-issue.

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I’m not in the habit of giving advice, because most advice is bullshit.  Half the time, the advice giver is just trying to justify her life choices by advising you to follow in her footsteps.  The rest of the time, she’s trying to justify her bitterness by recommending you do something different than she’s done.  Either way, most advice isn’t about you — it’s about the person giving it.

I can’t, however, ignore a plea for help like the one currently issuing from Thought Catalog, where young Kate Menendez just wants to live her life in peace.  But she can’t, because all the poor people she knows resent her for being born into wealth and privilege. Ms. Menendez is “tired of feeling self-conscious”…

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