Wealth Inequality Of America Is Justified By Georges De La Tour, The Fortune Teller

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Wealth Inequality in America is Justified
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”(goodreads.com). We are all handed a card when we are born, some are handed a life in wealth while some are born into less fortunate situations. The American Dream is that one will be prosperous and have the equal opportunity for upward mobility. The card you are dealt at birth determines this, meaning that the American Dream is not equally attainable. This gives us the opportunity to create and fulfill our own futures. In the painting done by Georges de la Tour, The Fortune Teller, a young man of wealth is getting his fortune told. He pays the fortune teller and while that is happening three women are robbing him at once. This painting is a good portrayal of how money affects people and how much of an impact it has on our society and the lives we live. Everyone wants a “crack at the dough” as Sugar says in The Lesson. This can be related to the subject of the growing disparity between the rich and poor and whether it is justifiable. The answer is yes. There has been much debate over these huge differences. Warren Buffet and Arthur C. Brooks have both argued from opposite viewpoints. Brooks argues that the gap is valid and uses the argument that income inequality is not linked to happiness. On the other hand, Warren Buffett argues that this gap in wealth is not defendable. He argues against the disparity between “super-rich”…

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