The Lower Class has no hope, the Middle Class hopes, and the Upper Class is the Hope

Something that I read from Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat that really struck me:

Middle Class is a State of Mind, not a state of income.”

“Middle Class is another way of describing people who believe that they have a pathway out of poverty or lower-income status toward a higher standard of living and a better future for their kids… People from the Lower Class income, does not have hope and therefore no chance in making into the Middle Class. Like the millions in Africa.”

In a normal distribution curve, the Middle Class forms the largest group of people. These are the group of people “who believe that they have a pathway out of poverty or lower-income status toward a higher standard of living and a better future for their kids” Does that means that this largest group of people will have children whom will live a better future, moving into the Upper Class, and hence, realizing their “hopes”?

I don’t think so. Just like a normal distribution curve, in a normal and functional society, we cannot have a graph that is highly skewed to one side. If there are too many in the Upper Class groups, how do we drive this bulk of people to perform their social responsibilities (healing sick people, operating public transport systems, educating young minds, engineering the most energy efficient cars, designing an innovative music playing device, manufacturing computers to enhance lives, etc) 

We need a functional Middle Class to maintain a progressive civilization. And I think certain groups of people understands this. To make sure that the population continues to follow the normal distribution curve, these group of people have to maintain the bulk of the middle class.

How do we achieve this? I think this can be achived by creating a State of Mind – ‘Hope’. A ‘hope’ for a better future, more fashionable clothes, finer dining, high quality food, executive lifestyle. Giving the middle class hope that there is a “better” life than what they are living now. This “hope”, I believe, are currently being transmitted through hollywood, fashion magazines and other forms of media for the general population to subscribe. With this “hope”, there is a higher chance that this bulk of people will continue to perform their social responsibilities better. => Sustainable Growth!

How about the Upper Class? I guess this is the group of people who create “tangible items” that the Middle Class can look forward to own. They create “hope” for the middle class. They maintain the Normal Distribution of the population curve by providing jobs, providing goods and services that the rest of the population subscribes.  

Does this mean that,

The Lower Class has no hope, the Middle Class hopes, and the Upper Class is the Hope.

Let me know your thoughts. =)

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