Yes, this will be a bit long, apologies. I'm rambling about something I've been thinking of lately so here goes. When we were little and growing, our teachers and parents would constantly ask us, "What do you want to be?" None of us said "lawyers", "CEOs" or "Stock Investors". We aimed high and impossible because that's what kids do. Our minds were not shackled by the bonds of reality and we never stopped our thinking after stumbling over mental barriers reminding us of how improbable our goals were. We were going to go to the moon with our stuffed animals, eat cheese off of the moon's surface, and then head back home to be cowboys. It made perfect sense. Now we've grown and learned to enjoy reminiscing on simpler times but not to live in them. We go through college and earn our keep and fight the financial wars of student loans and car payments. Then once in a great while, some of us are given opportunities to truly shine, to make the kind of money only a sliver of Hollywood does (the poor sliver that is). However, how much do Americans really like and support success these days? All one has to do is look around at the world and how it is currently running to see that things can be better. The economy is dipping and diving a lot more violently and frequently than it has in decades and unemployment rates continue to rise despite promises otherwise. On the social side of things, everyday a CEO or rich figurehead is tossed to the sharks and we grill them on talk shows, at the water cooler and on the news. Those fat, greedy fucks. How dare they! Don't worry, I'm not here to defend the greedy. A lot of these pricks deserve the prison time they get like Madoff and that coward from Enron. I don't even want to look up his name because I don't want to give him any of my attention or bring any notice to his name by mentioning it. Yet, there are plenty of successful people that got where they are thanks to their own hard work and each day, they're told how the rich need to be taxed more. They're told they're greedy and more and more tax money is spent to help the impoverished and needy and the country wants it out of the pocket of anyone above certain money lines. So my question and whole point of this babbling is are we approaching a level of loathing of the rich that we are eventually (or do we already) hate the successful? Especially in a day and age where we love Hollywood so much yet think that any guy with more than a $100 and a nice suit is a blood-sucking asshole who wants to eat your soul and grind your childrens' bones to make his bread? I'm not saying we don't want to be successful or that we even discourage it, what I'm saying is that much like fans such as myself are losing faith in baseball players juicing, I think people are very rapidly losing their ability to believe in those with money (such as believing they earned it through legitimate means).