Monday, April 25, 2016

30 years of incentivizing spending and penalizing saving and we end in a situation where 47% of us can't come up with $400 in an emergency.

Good essay by Neal Gabler.

And then there is the destruction of the small platoons of support that exist between the State and the individual:

//Everybody's broke -- well not everybody. But, as the NYT article pointed out, not only is the money gone but so too are the things sacrificed on the altar of progress. Family and pride, to name two factors which saw previous generations through the hard times, but were regarded as obstacles to recent progress, are gone too. Marriage rates have declined and divorce rates have risen with the disastrous results that critical theory would never have anticipated. The NYT article says "in 2005, unmarried middle-aged men were 3.5 times more likely than married men to die from suicide, and their female counterparts were as much as 2.8 times more likely to kill themselves." In this age of nonstandard families, who would have thought it?

Loneliness as a cause of suicide is now suspected in even 'advanced' European societies. NPR's Rebecca Hersher explains that Greenland, part of Denmark, has the highest suicide rate in the world, so bad that even the suicide hotline respondents are driven to depression. One of the hotline workers told Hersher there was a clear pattern to Greenland's suicides. "Love, she says. Or, loss of it."//

1 comment:

mrez said...

I had interviewed to work for a suicide hotline here in town and I think I answered a certain question wrong and did not get the job. If people suicide, they are saying they have no hope and they are ALSO saying that they are not getting any endorphins from anywhere into their system and are depleted of many needed brain neurotransmitters or over-run with other neurotransmitters. I would say that in current times, things seem so constantly serious for adults that it could easily drive someone to consider it. Something lighthearted needs to be in each person's life in order to take this edge of over seriousness off.

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