I’ve always admired Americans ability to stratify themselves from other Americans along all sorts of faddish lines, but the fact remains that not too many of them are out of my reach.
t (er) The fact that I can piss off so many of you without really going beyond the boundaries of acceptable discourse is not because of anything that is unique about anyone in particular, but because of what is really so common in, and to, all of us.
(Correct punctuation was used for the grammatical elites.)
Corollary: Given my background I could have become anything I wanted to be, but to my mother’s, and perhaps your consternation, chose to become nothing at all. It is therefore natural for us to see each other as unrealized potentials and wastes of talents.