When revolutionizing one’s consciousness, a useful question to ask is: Do I disapprove of rapacious greed and selfishness because it’s the root cause of our ongoing struggle to achieve social justice? Or am I just jealous?
Most people find it noxious when White Men flaunt their wealth and privilege in the form of conspicuously consumed “luxury” products. Most people find it upsetting when White Men employ a staff of servants to do everything for them that normal people do for themselves. Most people resent White Men who accrue undeserved benefits that make life altogether better for them and worse for everyone else.
But this is America. When you can’t enslave them, hiring other people to do your work in our “free-market” society is considered a hallmark of success. Celebrities aren’t supposed to do their own laundry. CEOs aren’t supposed to do their own dishes. And rich people don’t clean their own toilets. Now, we can’t all be famous, powerful and very important. Still, we can aspire to have a housecleaner of our own, or a chef, or someone to scrub the kitchen sink. Indeed, most of us who don’t currently have a housekeeper (or a private pilot) would certainly get one if circumstances allowed. Most of us who aren’t fabulously wealthy aspire to be so – and ogle with fascination those who are.
Having people working for you: that’s an achievement.
So when some noxious blowhard talks about the staff that works for him (and he’s not a black hip-hop star or woman of color), please do not take offense at the White Man’s achievement. He may not have earned it, or stolen it, or whatever. But he made it. He’s making it.
So long as that’s what you’re trying to do with your life – make it enough to hire a maid once-a-week, or someone to do your laundry, or watch your children – then no offense ought to be taken. Instead, you should thank the Achiever for setting a good example.