Brian Cura
I once worked with a college-aged girl that lived in a gated community.
She needed a ride home one day, and I was amazed by the massive houses in her neighborhood.
“You didn’t tell me you were rich!” I exclaimed.
“We’re not rich,” she said, “we’re just like everyone else.”
She wasn’t joking. She really thought that she and her neighbors were living a typical American life.


Yes, she was sheltered. But many rich people are. They are physically separated from the rest of us. And unless they take a wrong turn, they may never learn that raw, ugly poverty is lurking just minutes away from where they live.
Because poverty is an abstract idea to them - something seen on TV - I don’t think they understand how common and difficult it is.