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Getting ahead in life depends on three components: hard work, talent and luck. The first two are self-explanatory but the final one of luck is something most people are unwilling to acknowledge and if they do consider it tend to downplay how big a role it plays. To me luck means being born in the right place and at the right time. For example you can work hard as Eddie has done but if you were born in a small African village the chances of being as rich (materially at least) are far slimmer. Similarly if Eddie was born in the US but 500 years in the past he isn't going to be a well off dentist.

Not sure you can call that winning the lotto but where and when you are born, as well as what family you live does play a big part on how your future will turn out. In regards to family they say the best barometer of future success is to take the occupation of your father. Therefore it is safe to say that the things you have no control over can play a big part over your future. Off course the first two factors can contradict the latter especially the bit about family but if you are too far from the right place and/or time hard work/talent will not be enough.

When and where you were born is a HUGE portion of the DL Variable.  Also Race a big portion of the DL Variable.  For instance, lets say a Black Affirmative Action candidate was enrolled in Dental School the same year Eddie was.  Is it likely he would be as successful as Eddie?  Probably not, because first off he probably was not as well educated going in to dental school as Eddie.  Second, he would have faced more difficulty getting a practice up and running, because White people with money for expensive Dentistry would go to a White Dentist rather than a Black one.  Even Black people probably would go to a White dentist before a black one in the 80s.

In terms of the When DL, back in the 70s-80s when Eddie went to school, it was relatively CHEAP.  You could work your way through school accumulating relatively low debt.  Today's Dental student?  Fuhgeddaboudit.  You're in the hole $200K when they issue you the sheepskin and open the Gate for you to practice Dentistry.

In the Where DL sub-variable, Bill Gates has been quoted as saying if he had his skill set but was born in Africa, he never would have got anywhere with it.  He had a geek mind suitable for where he was born and when he was born.

Other DL involved here as well.  Over on TBP there used to be a Doctor A-hole a Proctologist.  LOL.  He died a couple of years ago rather unexpectedly.  He was an ass hole and I sure did not mourn his death.  A-hole however set up his practice in the WRONG location and his practice failed.  This ma have had something to do with the fact he was an ass hole though as well.  lol.

Then there are all the Aerospace Engineers who got screwed when the bottom fell out of that market in the 90s.  Smart guys, hard workers, well educated, but NO Aerospace Jobs!

Then all the hard working Air Traffic Controllers who got s h i t-canned by Rayguns.  A more stressful job does not exist than ATC, ask Agelbert.  It also takes a lot of smarts.  It was THEIR fault they were in the wrong f u c k i n g profession at the wrong time?  They didn't "Endeavor to Persevere" enough?

In my upcoming article, I focus on the problems of recent Law Skule graduates.  You will need to wait a couple of weeks for that publication though.

Meanwhile, Eddie's Horatio Alger arguments have been beaten to death, and he needs to find a new and better argument. :P



I looked into what an African American Dentist is faced with in the USA. It is not, in any way, shape or stretch of the imagination, a level playing field compared to a white privileged Dentist like Eddie.

They have trouble getting a loan for the chair and the stuff. Back around 1970, John Adair, my deceased brother-in-law dentist (part Cherokee but looked white with red hair), took a Coast Guard Commission in exchange for them having paid a lot of his studies. He was able to set up after he did his years of service in private practice in Fort Lauderdale with a $25,000 loan from my old man. John was from a poor family in Kansas. He became a "winner" with help from my old man.

African American dentists go the ROTC route too in order to get their studies paid. BUT, after that, most of them don't have a father-in-law with the money to set up an office AND the PLACES they can set up, when it isn't a poor minority neighborhood, are MUCH FEWER than the options open to someone like John BECAUSE of WHITE PRIVILEGE.

So, African American Dentists have to work for a group (and get paid much less) OR go do prison dentistry until they accumulate enough money to set up a private practice. And YEAH, when they DO get a loan, they invariably pay higher interest AND are allowed a LOWER principal.

ALL THE ABOVE, when NOT PRESENT means MORE PROFITS the white privileged dentist gets for EXACTLY the same amount of hard work, lengthy studies and perseverance.

Everything I just said about Dr. John Adair and Dr. Palm (African American dentist in Burlington with a private practice) is true.

Yes, they are just two people. BUT, the SHAFTING that African American dentists get in the USA, despite their exemplary work ethic and above average intelligence (to make it through white dental schools being black, you HAVE to be VERY intelligent), is WELL DOCUMENTED in EVERY profession in the health care field.

Meritocracy, MY ARSE!

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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