It has always seemed strange to me…

The things we admire in men:  kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system.  And those traits we detest:  sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success.  And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.

J. Steinbeck