I am not a flaming leftist. I deeply love and respect my uncle who voted for President Reagan, even though I disagree with his politics. While I want to see the world change in profound ways (yes, even if it means I give up my economic privilege), I want it to change such that the strengths and wisdom of all of us, owners and workers alike, are used to forge a new, heretofore unseen social-economic organization. In it, we will all own, we will all work, we will thrive as individuals and as members of a cooperating community.
I am not presently "waiting for the day that (my) family sells off the Texas farmlands" so I can get a share of the profits. I am thriving on being a mother (I prefer to call myself proud and committed rather than doting). I am, as time permits, laying the groundwork for an income-producing career.
I am also deeply enjoying working with other people from backgrounds similar to mine, as well as with people very different from me, to figure out how to forge the kind of world I just described. I do this informally and through several organizations, a main one being Bread and Roses Community Fund, which does far more than raise money for socially progressive work.
While wealth may bring with it woe, there is a dependable fail-safe for all of us, wealthy or not. We are (even if our economic status tries to obscure it
from us) all born inherently powerful, good human beings. We can work together to figure out what is going on and how we want to change it. Events all over the world, even in these times of terrorists and nuclear fear, underscore this truth.
I long ago gave up dwelling on guilt. Life is much more fun when we focus on claiming our true capabilities instead, and that is what I am about.