Letting Go of the Bootstrap Myth

Letting Go of the Bootstrap Myth

The gospel of self-sufficiency reigns supreme in the U.S. We are culturally enamored with the idea of pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, working one’s way from rags to riches, and earning well-deserved success. The term “hustle culture” refers to the increased...

Oh, my achin’ back …

I’m too old for this. Really. But too cheap to hire professional movers. So, with a promising sale of Susan’s house in Macon on the horizon, we spent the weekend packing and cleaning and digging a drainage ditch the inspector wanted and making runs to...

Debunking the Bootstrap Myth

No cultural myth needs to be demythologized – exposed as fraudulent – more than the “myth of the bootstrap.” The myth appears in the claim, “I pulled myself up by my bootstraps.” It is the myth of the self-made man, the one who lifts himself...