I would guess a majority of people that read this blog are in the top 2% of earnings in the world. Many might not think they expect to live with more economic wealth than 98% of the world but their expectations seem to indicate that they do.
Generalizations about age groups I find to be mainly useless (providing no actual valuable information, either because it is plain wrong or the truth is so limited as to provide little value). There are often differences among age groups, but rather than the binary way it is presented it is more like those in their 20’s have x trait to say 45% and those in their 30’s have it 35% – hardly the distinct separation many claim. I do, however, think many in the USA today seem to think that it is their right to be rich. This can lead to behavior that is detrimental in the long term – since they are entitled no need to work hard, since they are entitled no need to worry about spending more than they have, since they are entitled there is no need to invest so the future will be prosperous, since they are entitle no need to worry about their own future (savings, career planning…)…
I don’t think this is very defined by age: though to some extent I feel this has grown over the decades. Those that lived through the depression, World War II, without air conditioning, without central heating, had parents that worked in factories when the parents were 14, only the richest in the USA lived in mansions (Mc or otherwise)… are not as likely to think that they just have a natural right to be rich.
Other countries are making the sacrifices today to invest in a prosperous future. It seems to me the USA is mainly counting on the huge economic wealth that has been built up to continue to provide it a prosperous future. That wealth does provide a huge advantage. But if too much is consumed today the future will not be as bright. And for the last few decades it seems to me we have been spending down the huge advantage more than building it up.
It is nice to be rich. But a society believing it is owed a life of luxury has not worked out well over the course of human history.
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