With Thanksgiving fast approaching and Kim Kardashian pouring champagne on her bare ass and breaking the internet, I pause and reflect.
I am thankful for Kim Kardashian and I am thankful for America. Kim Kardasian has proven, once again that America is the land of opportunity… the last true meritocracy.
Kim Kardashian is, to say the least, nothing special. Beauty: Pre-surgery, pre-makeup, pre-photoshop, pre-fashion consultants, pre-all-the-help… sure she’s attractive but no more than millions of other girls. She has taken a base level of attractiveness and transformed herself into the ideal of beauty. Intelligence: nope. Charisma; not much. Inherited Wealth/Born Into Opportunity: not much…. kind of C-minus celebrity family with some B-minus connections to fame… but mostly a typical suburban middle class upbringing. Inventiveness: not really.
Albert Einstein and Bill Gates were born with big fat brains. They did nothing to earn these.. they came out of the womb with a 160 IQ and, sure, they did amazing and admirable things with that intelligence but they had an innate ability that was set them up in ways that few others are set up.
Sam Walton – the Walmart guy – was born to hardworking parents. His father reinvented himself as a successful farm mortgage broker during the great depression and Sam himself was the youngest Eagle Scout in his homes state’s history. He was born into an ethos of hard work and practicality. That he founded a retailer that celebrates hard work, thriftiness and practicality – this is no surprise. This is, essentially, what he was born to do.
But Kim Kardashian. Kim Kardashian has played the cards she was dealt better than almost anyone I can think of. She was born with a pair of sixes… and through hard work and audacity she has parlayed that into a royal flush. And for this I admire her greatly. And I admire America for enabling it.