I came across this interesting quote today and posted it on my quotations website (which you should definitely check out, bookmark and promote for me if you haven’t already done so. I really need some traffic on it so I can start getting more quotes). It was quoted in a footnote in a book I’m trying to finish up called the Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch.

You see, when you’re middle class, you have to live with the fact that history will ignore you. You have to live with the fact history can never champion your causes and that history will never feel sorry for you. It is the price that is paid for day-to-day comfort and silence. And because of this price, all happinesses are sterile; all sadnesses go unpitied. (Douglas Coupland, Generation X, 171).

This is a really interesting quote to me on several levels because it gets right at the heart of the trade-off for being middle class. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being middle class (I myself am middle class) and yet there are obvious barriers for those of us who are middle class to actually agitate for change in this world.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this, but this quote got me thinking and I’m wondering if it will get anyone else thinking too. I’m sure there is something here for the current presidential race too, but I can’t quite put my finger on it yet.