"In those places where the rich and powerful are assembled together, the weak and indigent feel themselves oppressed by inferior conditions." - (to be revealed later in the post)
Interesting comment, especially in this day and age. The first thing that came to mind is the location of the "Occupy" movements. Wall Street, Los Angeles, and other places where people of wealth are known to frequent. Funny, you never hear of "Occupy Caribou, Maine" or "Occupy Bismark, North Dakota."
The quote goes on to say that the weak and indigent are unable to perceive a single chance of regaining their equality, they give up to despair and allow themselves to fall below the dignity of human nature. Again the "Occupy" movement just jumps into my head.
The author also notes that in aristocratic areas people are more rude than elsewhere, in opulent cities rather than rural districts. This struck me as true,being originally raised in an area near New York City and having experienced first hand the attitude of "New Yorkers."
Where did all this wisdom come from? These observations are from a book written in 1835 by Alexis De Tocqueville titled "Democracy In America." It's his observations of the fledgling democracy after touring the Americas for nine months and jotting down his thoughts. The book has been hail as... No better study of a nation's institutions and culture than Tocqueville's Democracy in America has ever been written by a foreign observer; none perhaps as good. And for good reason, his observations are as pertinent today as they were almost 200 years ago.
So I had another thought...If the inferior are so distressed by the flagrant display of wealth in the areas where the wealthy flock, why not relocate to a rural area where their mental health is better satisfied? It certainly appears that alone would give them a renewed sense of hope and worse case scenario; the people would be less rude. Just a thought!