Today I was reading a bit, and found this article. On the first topic, there is this sentence:
No, people are not getting better. People are getting more scared. People are realizing that the system is broken. Maybe it was always a lie, but it used to be a lot easier to shake your head at failures and say, That could never be me. That guy with no house and no money ... he must be lazy or stupid. He must have embezzled or abused drugs. There must be a reason he has nothing. But more and more today, we see people with two degrees and no money. We see people who undertook student loan debt, leveraging their future for jobs that simply don't exist to pay off that debt. We see white-collar professionals nickel and dimed into blue-collar existences. There are good people who've lost their homes and self-respect. The world has gotten so hard for so many that we know it can happen to us.
Yes, it is happening. Some say faster, some say slower than expected, but it is happening indeed. Everything is beginning to fall apart. The system, that is. This stupid, idiotic system in which we live.
But this is how many people thought it was about, right? I thought that those that didn´t succeed must have been doing something wrong. Why there are all these successful, smiling, happy people - or so I believed - that are shown in movies and television, while this one is a homeless person? He clearly must not be very bright.
This opinion couldn´t be more wrong, of course.
The fact is, this system is clearly flawed, as we all know. And it´s pretty easy to verify it, even if you are not a certified economist: I have thirty year colleagues and friends here that are still living with their parents, for sheer incapability of living alone. No, it´s not that they don´t want, they actually can´t afford living on their own for now. It´s impossible, the money - when it exists - ends very quickly. Of course, one could make a magic happen with this - by cutting costs to the maximum and so on - but still it only shows that money is worth less and less each year.
On the other hand we have rich people. God, I can´t stand them. When I see someone talking about some celebrity, some startlet, some new girl or boy that´s worth their weight in gold, I get very frustrated. I don´t hate them you know, personally, just what they represent to society, to other people, like myself.
Sometimes is because it´s not even worth it, all the money they got. Some people become rich and/or famous for doing stupid, sometimes even despicable things. What´s worst than someone who became famous for being a porn star, for instance? Thousands and thousands of dollars for that person who just did what others do. Worst, did what others had the decency of keeping to themselves. This one example infuriates me beyond reason. On the other side, we have individuals who sometimes work themselves to death, and can barely, barely maintain themselves and their families (if they have families, better to take care of them once they are here). Even worse, poor people who won´t even handle the amount of money the porn star makes for one of her movies in their entire lifetime.
Sometimes because it´s random. The person who becomes famous and is now at the possession of 2 boats, 3 mansions and 5 ferraris, does something completely ordinary, something anyone could be doing, really. But, by any strike of luck or fate, s/he is the one who was chosen, and now gets to rest on his success, like s/he is some sort of mighty god that can do stuff no other person is capable of. What it´s worst, is when people begin to idolize these, and reading about stuff that they do on sites (like these) and magazines, or even trading pictures on sites like these, like they do something out of the ordinary. To be fair, sometimes they have particular skills, but do these really value the enormous pool on their backyard? The five mansions?
I´m not ranting against anyone in particular. I think the system is wrong and flawed. That I, for instance, deserve better. If you educated yourself, if you jumped through the hoops people asked you to, you should deserve better. I´m a 30 year old man, whose job´s I had were all soul-crushing to the point I got no perspective in life, other than rely on some sort of success in a public concurrence to attain a position with the government, where I can at least retire myself by gaining the same amount of money I´ll work for. Other than that, I got nothing. I have a bachelor, two specializations in the field, and I got nothing. Almost incredible, if you consider the old way of thinking, specially when you factor in porn actresses becoming filthy rich (pun intended), and the random success of mediocre individuals turning millionaires overnight. And I´m not even talking about corruption, or robbery. I´m talking about legal, society sanctioned economic success of these type of people in particular (celebrities).
I never really gotten much into the "rich class", "middle class" and "the poor" until recently. I thought it was only poor rhetoric from old, stupid politicians trying to get the hands on their piece of the pie - trying to convince people he was 'fighting' on their side. But now, I believe in this classification. Even more, I believe the middle class is being screwed over with each passing day. The rich don´t care much, the poor also don´t (because if you live in a country which there are minimum standards, they can certainly find their way of living off the government better than those at the "middle class" - It´s even worked in the system that way. It´s the elite´s way of creating more poor, dependent people) and the game continues. Here´s how the game works: they squeeze out the middle class, with taxes, and promises, and violence (granted, not direct violence) and those that fall on the poor class get to be like this from now on. The never ending fight is the one to try and endure at the middle. We are fighting endlessly on this stupid war, created and sustained by the "rich", while some of us (the more idiotic ones, granted) still idolize those that the rich choose to be amongst them as a promise that all can do it, all can become rich like them as well (hence, celebrities). There you go, one of most pervasive lies of the whole system.
I hate it all. Hate it with an undying passion.
One more thing from the same website:
If Americans are less scared by the notions of bigger government and taxes providing safety nets against the abuses of capitalism, it's not because we care more about our neighbors. It's because we're scared for ourselves. These days, being taxed for social programs seems a lot more like purchasing an insurance policy for the day you draw the short straw in a rigged game. But that might look like human compassion, and I can see why my friend was confused. In any event, you'll know that the economy's actually getting better when everyday Americans start dumping on the poor again.
Just a small detour here. There´s another thing I don´t appreciate very muchin this paragraph (and I´ve always wanted to talk about this): the notion that all that is written in english is happening with "americans". Granted this was an american website, but everything that happens, when analyzed by an american (generalizing here) is about (north-)America (only). I´m very aware of the position the U.S.A plays on world politics and economy as a country. And I´m not ranting against anyone in particular, as I´ve said before, but this way of thinking gets tiring after a while. News flash, americans don´t live alone in the world. If only their media, their journalists woke up to notice that everything that is happening is happening with everybody in the planet, it´d be great. I go to conspiracy websites every now and then (personally, I like to read them, but obviously do not believe in everything I do read) and even in those, when they are talking about conspiracies such as the Illuminati, that supposedly are a global oriented dominating force that works to achieve world domination, they talk only about its reflexes in America. It´s frustrating. "Oh, America is not the same, we are losing american freedoms because of the Illuminati" or "The elite is robbing us of our rights, be an american citizen and..." - oh, grow up, would you? Everything that happens it´s only important if happens inside America´s boundaries: it´s an absurd idea, considering that everything is globalized now. In economic scale, everything is interconnected. You can see that, very clearly, if you pay enough attention to the news. The last major economic crises originated from the US in 2007/2008 has had its reflexes in Europe, and now for perfectly explained reasons is getting to my country. It´s a great machine, working in sync, if something fails, it can´t work. And since it´s flawed from the beginning...
The other thing I didn´t like from this last paragraph, it´s the selfish notion that if the economy ever gets better, people will continue doing what they did in the past. Well, I can say that I agree with that, but I don´t like the idea, the hope, and the notion that, if anything ever gets better around my premises, this is ALL I care about - let´s keep doing what we did before, shall we? In other words, if the economy does get better, people will forget everything that the harsh times taught them, and stop being self absorbed, self-centered zombie like individuals, doing what they were doing until the end of times, reproducing and generally being disgusting animal beings fighting for land, sex and power, like Nature intended.
We pessimists know better.
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