At this point in my life, I can honestly say that very little has been given to me on a silver platter. Despite that, I love our economic system all the more for that fact. I have to say, in all honesty, that just about as many economic means are at my disposal as I can use wisely--actually somewhat more. As I grow as a person, I believe my economic means will also. I can wonder whether a $3.75 cappuccino at Alterra is worth it while planning a first-class trip to Europe for a second-class price. I don't see a contradiction. I can refrain from the cappuccino because I don't need to pay it, and I can enjoy the vacation because I need it. I am, thank God, in a financial position where I can make choices; like everyone, I wish I had more.
My greatest asset, tangible or intangible, is the fact that something wouldn't be quite right in my world if I couldn't get up and go to work. And that economic opportunity is sacred. I wouldn't dream of badmouthing my job or employer--on or off the clock--or looking for another job (under any circumstances at this time, but especially not on company time). It's safe to say that my work ethic and my pride as a man take up the better part of my psychology.