Questions says his opinions were "handed to [him] by his parents."<quoted text>
My opinions were handed to me by my parents, thank you; and they have worked very well for me. So, how is all that "higher ideals, grander notions, and hopeful aspirations" working for you?
I talk about economics because it IS the basis for success in calling the tune for yourself as well as others. How many poor people do you know who have the where-with-all to be philanthropic?
You sound like someone from "la-la" land. What are you injesting?
Don't you think it might be time to grow up, Questions, and try thinking for yourself. Just because your parents were older than you doesn't mean they'd necessarily figured everything out once and for all. You might even ask yourself what is gained by sneering at "higher ideals, grander notions, and hopeful aspirations."
C'mon, man, it's Christmas. Scrooge is hardly the most noble role model you could choose for yourself.