The American experiment was to create a society not bound by the rigid structures of social class. And yet, it can be uncomfortable to socialize with people who are significantly wealthier—or significantly poorer—than we are. It only seems to promote resentment or envy! Which may be the reason we prefer to live and associate with others who are in the same career field, live in the same neighborhoods, and share the same economic class. How could risking the discomfort—and all the potential faux pas—of associating with those far wealthier or poorer than we are, actually make life richer for all of us?

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