How thought provoking.
You could dissect this topic a thousand ways, but the very first thought that came into my mind was education. Interestingly enough, I found that as of 2008, 29.4% of Americans of every race held at least a Bachelorâ??s degree. That is damn close to your 30% capable & intelligent rule.
This of course, is arguable as is everything. However, the number is the number. The point is that there is something to be said about the educational experience of college life that contributes toward progress in adulthood.
The fact is that 70% of the population does not experience this part of life, and therefore will not progress physically, mentally, or spiritually.
As for the two extremes: the ghetto & congress
Iâ??m afraid there are more similarities than differences. I think the two main common themes are money and self-interest. Under those two categories all else follows such as the struggle for survival & power, self promotion, greed, hostility, violence, ETC.
What are the main differences? How about an elite education vs. a high school drop out, or a tailored suit vs. Dickies and a tank top? Thatâ??s about it folks.
So what is one to conclude from all of this? I say you still have to segregate a small percentage of those who have aspired to earn a Bachelorâ??s degree for the miscreants of the populous.
What you are left with, and Iâ??m guessing, is about 25% of the population that you could actually have an adult conversation with. Anyway, thatâ??s my two cents. To sum it all upâ?¦
From the movie: â??Sevenâ??
SOMERSET: "What sick, ridiculous, puppets we are, and what a gross, little stage we dance on. What fun we have, dancing and fucking, not a care in the world. Not knowing that we are nothing. We are not what was intended."
"On the subway today, a man came to me to start a conversation. He made small talk, this lonely man, talking about the weather and other things. I tried to be pleasant and accommodating, but my head began to hurt from his banality. I almost didn't notice it had happened, but I suddenly threw up all over him. He was not pleased, and I couldn't help laughing."