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understand his arguments in chapter 4, but at times it is challenging to agree with his views of society. Maybe I am naïve to think that there is a solid group of people in America that support the working class and do not make assumptions, but I think Zweig is somewhat extreme at times. 3. “Three ways the exaggerated assertion of individualism and self-interest breaks away from reality” are: (1) how it disregards the connections among us, (2) ignores the role of luck, and (3) denies the social origin of wealth. Focusing solely on self-interest ignores morality and the fact that we are social beings that live in groups. Relationships become a part of self-interest because they can lead to success and happiness. Luck also plays a role because it keeps balance within society. Ignoring luck allows the successful to believe they are the sole reason for their successes and causes the unsuccessful to have an intense feeling of worthlessness (104). Lastly, Zweig stated that: “private wealth is socially created” (104). When looking at ones means of attaining wealth, we must acknowledge that others were involved. Without the factory workers, executives would not make money because they themselves are not creating the item that is providing the profit.
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