Getting rid of a sense of entitlement, person by person, is so crucial and so difficult. We indeed forget how rich we are.

I spent a great deal of my life as an entrepreneur, which is one of the reasons I can afford to write full time now. I learned a lot about human nature and practical economics.

The last few years before I finally stopped away involved a lot of struggle with business partners and colleagues who wanted to pay employees as little as they could possibly get away with.

Because rather than focus on how incredibly well off they really are by global (and even American) standards, they wanted that 2,000.00 purse, lobster in first class, and a huge, over-priced, luxury-brand gas-guzzling vehicle.

Without those things, they considered themselves to be poor.

All of this as I was struggling to help them understand why we had to pay people a genuine living wage that they could feed their families with. I had to argue over every 25 cent raise for workers living in poverty and qualifying for food stamps.

I think we all need to start understanding how rich we really are.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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