Wednesday I had the opportunity to serve Thanksgiving dinner to families from the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. It was an event hosted while the LA Auto Show also happened in the convention center. As the night ended, families were escorted out of the room in which the dinner took place, down the escalators of the convention center, and past many of the exhibits that were being hosted by the auto show.
What impacted me most was the contrast between some of the very wealthy people attending the auto show, glaring at these cars, while these families were grateful to have received a meal and could care less about materialistic things like the latest car.
That night, it was like both sides of capitalism met right before my eyes. Those who aspire to reach the top of the meritocratic ladder, and those who understand the system will always work against everyone and chose to live their lives humbly.