Are People Without Nice Things Lazy?

Kid’s ask the darndest things, don’t they? According to a recent NY Times article, a young boy asked his dad…

“You tell me all the time that the reason we have nice things and can go to a nice school is that you work hard. Does that mean that people who don’t have nice things don’t work hard?”

Doh. Not having nice things = laziness? How to respond to that one? Maybe I would tell my kids, “I was wrong. This reason you have all these nice things is because you (a child) persuaded me (the supposed adult in charge) through various means of guilt and bad behavior to buy you these things.”

Maybe “life isn’t fair” is the only simple answer available. For the most part, if someone chooses laziness, they won’t have nice things. And if someone chooses hard work they will have nice things. But those are general statements that we all know don’t apply in all cases.

How would you respond?

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