Hard Work Is What Creates Happiness

September 25, 2018

Editor: One of the political messages we see today is “celebrate diversity” and while there is nothing wrong with that, history shows that extreme tribalism and identity politics create division. E pluribus unum, out of many, one, is the goal of any thriving democracy. It is a phrase stamped on much of our country’s money. It means that we are Americans first and our genetic heritage second. Capitalism celebrates the diversity of wealth. Socialism demonizes the diversity of wealth. It is not a crime to be wealthy nor is it a utopia we should all strive for. It does have its traps and is no guarantee of happiness, but diversity of wealth has been around since the beginning of time. It is what creates our three-class system of upper, middle and lower class wealth and all three have their good and bad points but it is how all prosperous free societies function How you handle your class level is what determines your personal happiness and while we all need money to survive, history shows that you don’t have to be wealthy to be happy. You can live cheaply but not poorly in a free, democratic, capitalist society. Socialism penalizes the upper and middle classes with high taxes and rewards the lower class with that wealth. Hard work and the improvement of your life and the lives of other people by that hard work is what psychologically creates human happiness, not money or class status. J.E. Smith LARKSVILLE

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