“Middle class is a value term, not an economic term. There’s no objective measure,” said Curtis Dubay, senior tax analyst at the Heritage Foundation think tank.
The Pew poll showed that 53 percent of Americans called themselves middle class and another 19 percent identified themselves as lower-middle class. About 40 percent of people earning less than $20,000 still called themselves middle class, as did a third of people making more than $150,000.
It isn’t like a cookbook. I listen to a lot of music. I take note. I watch movies. I take note. I look at paintings. I take note. I study literature. I take note. Here is the caveat of being an artist: you can’t just throw these things together and expect them to amount to anything. That’s what makes being an artist difficult. Most likely you’ll end up with a muddled mess. The editing and clarification takes years before the net work comes out with any precision. Even then, it often takes collaboration, feedback and reflection to take this to the next level. What is the “next level”? It’s a level where the work reflects something in the human experience larger than yourself.
“Now there is nothing I find more irritating than when people torment each other, and it is worst of all when young people in their prime, who might be enjoying all the pleasures life offers, ruin the few sunny days they have by pulling miserable faces, and never realize the error of their ways till it is too late to do anything about it.”—Goethe in The Sorrows of Young Werther