The social system still effects today’s society by distinguishing between each of the three social classes. Each social class is judged on for what class they are and how they get through life. The working class is a social group of individuals, known as blue-collar workers, that works hard to get by economically and is at the bottom of the social system (Linkon). I want to discuss the similarities of the working class that Alfred Lubrano and John Lennon appear to have comparable views about.
Alfred Lubrano, an award-winning staff reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, stated that you are not a complete person when you have not had hard times (Lubrano 171). I believe this statement is true because some people do not know what it is like to have hit rock bottom in your life to say they know what type of person you can be. Living in a judgmental society, people are always quick to judge a book by its cover before they look inside of it.Lubrano’s article, “Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams”, discusses the life of blue-collar individuals who are judged by the middle class in America and what makes them different. The working class values the fact that they go through a struggle to get things they need out of this economically challenged society. They are distinguished from the other classes because they have a well developed work-ethic, loyalty, a sense of unity, and commitment. Blue-collar people are not ashamed of how they get the things they need and how those who are fortunate enough look down on them.The middle class consists of people who have been spoon feed all their lives and do not believe in struggling to get the things they want.
Middle class individuals value achievement and popularity. Generally speaking, the working class seems to have a strong sense of mind of what they have to do to get through and what it takes to get there. In contrast, John Lennon, British songwriter and pervious member of the Beatles, successfully records a hit song, “Working Class Hero”, sings about the life of a working class individual.In the song he vividly paints a picture of what it was like to a part of the working class and what it was like living around the middle class.
When I listened to the song I got the picture in my head that the working class was always looked down on, rarely got respect, and the other classes made them feel less of themselves. Lennon sings, “As soon as you’re born they make you feel small,” (Lennon 198). I believe this statement is true coming from a working-class family and having to struggle.It is almost like people make others feel like they do not belong in the same society they live in because they were born with more. Lennon goes into saying “a working class hero is something to be” (Lennon 198-199); being a working class hero is the best you can be because working class individuals have a strong mind and kind heart.
Working class individuals take pride in their struggle to achieve and understand the life of living. People seem to think that the working class lives a settled life with, poverty, pain, violence and uncertainty (Thomas 695).This is not true because they always find a way to get by whether it is earning low wages, getting more education, or going through a struggle to succeed.
By the same token, both Lubrano and Lennon have the same views about the working class and how they were perceived. They both believe that struggle and hard work is the key to what being a blue-collar individual is like. The working class understood what it took to get somewhere in the society without all the whining and putting others down. Blue-collar people were hard workers outside and inside their homes; they were also close to their families.They were well mannered and they lived their lives happily every day because everything was in their favor for what they go through.
They do not look down on the other social classes; they look at them as if they need help and need some sense of direction in their lives. Lubrano and Lennon may not have the same definitions, but they both went to their past as working class individuals and how they lived. In today’s society I can see that still happening because of our economy is being crushed day by day.All in all, Alfred Lubrano and John Lennon, vividly and graciously gave similarities about the working class and how being a part of it was not a bad thing. I personally do not think that any social class should be distinguished from one another just because of how they get through life. The working class may struggle and may be economically challenged, but a working class hero is something to be (Lennon 198-199).Works CitedLennon, John. “Working Class Hero.
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