My family and I attended a swanky golf tournament yesterday (the Barclays, played at the austere Ridgewood Country Club). Needless to say, the place is populated with a slice of folks from the very top of the income distribution with a sprinkling of “regular Joes” tossed in. Two small obsvervations:
I have been running around with my camera taking pictures of the routine flotsam one encounters, even in the swankiest and richest of places. But folks, if at a swanky golf tournament we can’t get people to behave with a modicum of decency, throwing plastic bottles into the port-a-potty toilets, then you are not going to get anything serious done. I don’t care how good and thoughtful policy is – there needs to be pretty darn dramatic cultural and ethical changes to go along with any economic and political change. Saldy, there is little understanding of how, actually, to get these changes to take place. But at a swanky country club, I see rich dudes pushing kids around and throwing Coke Bottles into toilet bowls … in other words, we’re doomed.