A theme that stood out to me in recent chapters was the corruptibility of authority. Power is a dangerous thing it seems in human society because the more you have of it the more you want. In chapters 22-24 of The Grapes of Wrath when the migrants are finally given a chance to construct a fresh society without corrupt officials or legal red tape, they create an almost utopian society where people help each other rather than only themselves. Those without greed, the poor migrants, have never had any real power so they never inherited the lust for money and control that the upper class did. The ironic thing is that having more money or more power doesn’t make life any simpler, only more complex and aggravating. Maybe a rich person no longer needs to worry about money, but what often happens is that they end up being more concerned with it than ever before. Those that are born lower class have nowhere to go but up. In many ways they are blessed with the abilities of compassion and kindness because they understand the struggles of being associated with the lowest rung of a societal hierarchy.
In the Great Depression the rich got richer and the poor poorer. A rift between classes that existed was widened. A similar thing is happening today as a nation that is dominated by a middle class, has those people moving towards a new identification: rich or poor. It is ironic that in a country which has a government that is run by the people as a whole, favors individualistic over group progression.
|Rich Vs. Poor in America, but why is the middle class so fat?|