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Ordinary Resurrections What do the terms rational and irrational mean Rational means sane or intelligent Irrational is just the opposite Some poor people do behave irrational as well as some rich people People of lower economic class remain poor not because of irrational choices but many times because of limited choices and limited opportunities Being from a wealthy family opens many doors as fancy red carpets unroll at your feet In Ordinary Resurrections p 102 Kozol talks about some advantages he had over Eleanor Jackson and her daughter as far as getting into a good college Eleanors assumption that Id had advantages unknown to her or her daughter was well-justifiedThe dean who was my fathers friend and classmate talked me into Harvard and assured me I didnt need to bother filing other applications People can push and push to get into a college and still come up empty handed because they arent expected to succeed in that manner The people Im talking about are not only the people from the South Bronx but many other locations where minorities are a majority and the general income isnt exactly the highest At the same time others who may not even be as smart or as well prepared get into the best universities in the world with a handshake and a good conversation all because daddy has friends Im not saying Kozol didnt deserve to get into Harvard but Im sure this was the case for many students who go to Harvard Princeton Brown University and many other colleges or universities of about the same value I believe that if your wealthy you automatically have power If your pretty well off its easy to put your sondaughter in a situation where they are likely to succeed just like Jonathons father put him in I like to think of it as a dynasty sort of without all the political power Its probably harder to fail at this point
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