with eyes open wide
“What our culture values is independence and the freedom to be free from our obligations to each other, our neighbors and the world. It values the kind of work ethic that makes asking for help a moral failing. We believe if we put our head down and work hard enough for long enough and save our money, we will never need to face the shame of asking for others help.
In our country, our entire social safety net, our nation’s system of helping our neighbors, doubles as a process of shaming.”