Saturday, June 7, 2008

J.K. Rowling on Poverty

From J.K. Rowling's June 2008 commencement speech at Harvard:

Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is indeed something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.

Or, in the words of Chaim Topol, "You made many, many poor people. I realize, of course, it's no shame to be poor, but it's no great honor, either."

Everyone wants to be rich--some people are betting at admitting it than others.

1 comment:

Vince said...

I have to say that I really identify with this post. I was afraid most of the economic stuff you talked about would go over my head.

Keep writing the good word.

~your friendly neighborhood Peets barista