An overlooked part of the “quality, not quantity” proposition is that a healthy society is a social pyramid. If you drive K-selection too hard in the aggregate, you become a top-heavy people. If you eradicate your own proletarian, quasi-criminal class, then you create a vacuum that aliens are more than happy to fill — and when you give away your streets, you give away your future.
And you lose the fount of your own life-force and creativity when you snuff out or outsource chaos. Here are some songs with different perspectives about the other half:
Kris Kristofferson — Sunday Morning Coming Down. The song is about a drunk experiencing a moment of clarity when he sees normal people doing normal things. Today, the song represent a moment of clarity for all of us, with its scenes of once having had a country of our own. The linked version, a duet with Johnny Cash, is the song’s best performance.
George Jones — Who’s Gonna Fill their Shoes. A vignette that captures an aristocrat and a worker sharing a common bond. Respect and pride, noblesse oblige and appreciation. How a member of the elite should relate to one of his people.
Drive-By Truckers — Outfit. This is the greatest American song of the century so far. A Southern-style list of do’s and don’t for a young man from someone who learned things the hard way.
Pulp — Common People. One of the best songs from the 1990s.
She told me that her dad was loaded
I said in that case I’ll have a rum and Coca-Cola.