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Class is the tale of a fairly typical woman trying to make her way through life as a good person, a good mother, a good wife and a good citizen. She wants to be good and right. Yet, she finds herself drowning in a modern day maelstrom of cultures, races, social and economic classes, ideas of right and wrong, and a confusing and frustrating war between what she wants and doing the right thing.
Lucinda Rosenfeld’s Class is one of the most honest and insightful examinations of contemporary issues you’ll likely read. It’s almost brutal in the way it strips back the lies we tell ourselves and exposes our real thoughts and emotions and inner conflict. You know all those ‘naughty’ or ‘awful’ thoughts we have from time to time that we know we’re not ‘supposed’ to have because they’re not politically correct? You know the guilt we feel when we have those thoughts because we worry that we’re a bad person just for thinking them? That’s exactly what Karen Kipple is going through and this book is an unabashed look at all those conflicting and confusing questions we have.
How are we supposed to think and feel about race, about social inequality, about education, about marriage and raising children? We look around and feel like there’s supposed to be a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to think and feel but there isn’t. And no-one out there is really any wiser or better off. The truth is, we live in a very messy time with a lot of very different people struggling to get along, while at the same time we’re our own worst enemies because of our selfishness, opportunism and endless competition.
Many of us want to be good people, but rising class and income inequality is driving us apart, preventing us from overcoming differences in skin colour and personal choice. As long as we keep struggling against each other, as long as we selfishly strive for more and more wealth instead of fairness and equality, our conflicts and pain are only going to grow.
Karen Kipple embodies just how neurotic and worried and confused we all are. How our insecurity and uncertainty about how to feel are tearing us apart from the inside and preventing us from really connecting with others. It’s not about white privledge and how white people are evil, though that has become a social message that many white people feel burdened with now. It’s not about minorities being the underdogs that we should champion because simply being an underdog means they’re somehow morally innocent or ‘better’ than the majority; they’re not. It’s about everyone, of all colours and economic circumstances being wary of each other and competitive and, frankly, uncooperative, and realizing that we can get past this if we try. If we’re all a lot more honest and inclusive and share.
Class is a must read because it’s a wake-up call for all of us to be honest about what we’re going through and to understand that it’s not just us, we all feel just as confused. And we all have to realize that inequality is the great challenge of our time. As much as we want luxury and freedom from ugly choices, the pursuit of wealth is really just making most people uncomfortable, unnecessarily competitive and spreading more pain than anything else. The cost of being rich, or even supporting a system that allows people to be rich in the hope that one day we will be too, is a lot of suffering. It’s driving us apart. And it’s all unnecessary.
Karen Kipple’s story is one that many, many people will be able to relate to and many more can learn from. It’s a story that can help bring us together and point us in a better direction. it’s also a fun, often cute, read with a really sympathetic main character that we both empathize with and cheer for. A great book that we can both enjoy and enrich ourselves with.