I believe that the idea of the SLUMPy class that we discussed this week offers very interesting insight into the psychology of the people within our realm of society. It feeds on the idea that people want to 'feel' like they are making a difference as opposed to wanting the actual results to come to be. People volunteer all of the time and usually it is so they can feel good about themselves. Much of the time, with a point of reference, these individuals would be disappointed to learn how little an impact this is actually making. I am not saying all people are bad people for wanting to feel a sense of accomplishment for doing what they think is the right thing, but I'm saying that this as a primary motivator leads to a disconnect between effort and results. In the case of homosexuality, it is hip to be accepting and so people want to be hip. The primary motivator is not so much achieving actual equality as it is being the person who was 'cutting edge' enough to fight for the equality of other people. This is the impression I had throughout much of this campaign season with our proposed marriage amendment. The bill itself was flawed on many different levels and there were numerous reasons to vote 'no' (in my personal opinion), but the reason that seemed to resonate the most was 'vote no so Minnesota doesn't become one of those un-hip southern states'. The real discussion should have been based around the question 'why does the state have any say in what constitutes a marriage at all?'. I can not say that I think America is making moves to expand its middle class (as the term is loaded and any real results of this would be impossible to measure), but I think we are socially expanding our SLUMPy class at an exponential rate.
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