I had an epiphany of sorts delivered by a surprise source. I came home from work and had a conversation with Mackenzie. She explained to me that there was a conflict on Club Penguin (Club Penguin is a social gathering of kids posing as penguins living in a fictitious society complete with all gathering spots of a typical city). The conflict was based on the fact that there are two ways to enjoy Club Penguin. One way is a paid membership that allows access to all functions of this web site. The other is non-membership that allows browsing of the web site with some functions not available.
The members were upset that non-members were allowed to be on the web site without paying. This erupted into what can be considered as a war between 7-12 year old kids. It struck me immediately due to the fact that these kids created what in essence was a class system on the web site. It startled me that we are in for at least one more generation of "entitled" people. There is not a single child on the web site that is actually paying for membership. The parents are paying the bill. Although all of the kids are contributing the same amount of money to the web site, the kids fortunate enough to have parents that can afford to pay the monthly fee are "oppressing" the kids that do not. The members have done nothing to earn the right to Club Penguin, but they believe that their status entitles them to more than the less fortunate kids. It was a wonderful snapshot of society generated in it's purest form. The fact that this trickles down from parents to children amazes me.
This is no different from any society in history. This hit me hard enough to change my presidential vote to Barack Obama. Anybody that knows me will tell you that I am a die hard Republican, so this is a hard pill to swallow. I just can't go with the standard Republican belief that "I did it. You should do it to.(I am not going to mention that I had both parents in my home, my dad owns his own business and can afford to send me to college, I have a job waiting for me after college, I have no racial obstacles to deal with, and you came from a single parent home supplied with no tools to succeed)." We are not all dealt the same cards in life. It is not too much to ask for people to at least try to help other people in life gather the tools for success. Thanks to Club Penguin for opening my eyes to the fact that we still have a long way to go before everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in this country (it is still the greatest country on earth).