By your response to danger it is
easy to tell how you have lived
and what has been done to you.
You show whether you want to stay alive,
whether you think you deserve to,
and whether you believe
it's any good to act.
Affluent college-bound students
face the real prospect
of downward mobility.
Feelings of entitlement clash with
the awareness of imminent scarcity.
There is a resentment at growing up
at the end of an era of plenty
coupled with reassessment of
conventional measures of success.
The Living Series, Jenny Holzer, 1989
Collection Walker Art Center