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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
 

—   Martin Niemoller
(A German pastor during World War II)
 
 [First they came for the Poor, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Poor.
Then they came for the Teachers, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Teacher.
Then they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Muslim.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
 

There is a war for opportunity going on in this country.  Historically, the attacks have mainly been by the “Have’s” on the “Don’t Have’s”.  There is a narrowing band in between them, the “Want To Have’s”.  The narrow band is shrinking as the attacks by the “Have’s” have shifted and are driving more and more of the “Want To Have’s” into the ranks of the “Don’t Have’s”.  There is a saying I learned from studying history: “The rich surrender what they must; the poor take what they can seize.”  Historically, in this country anyway, the “Want To Have’s” have always been willing to work within a civil society to become one of the “Have’s”.  When working for opportunity ceases to be an option…  When that narrow band, that “middle class”, between those with a wealth of opportunity and those with no opportunity ceases to be, what part of civil society will protect the rich from those that take what they can seize? 
 

— KMAB]

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But there’s one aspect of relativity that consistently trips us up.  It’s this: we not only tend to compare things with one another but also tend to focus on comparing things that are easily comparable —  and avoid comparing things that cannot be compared easily.
 

—  Dan Ariely
Predictablly Irrational

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