As I have said in previous posts, it appears that we are living in a Dystopia. I have some more observations on that..
Imagine that you are an unskilled or skilled manual worker.
Your earning ability has not increased since the 1970s. Sure, some things (tvs, computers, food) have become cheaper but others (housing, insurance) have not. Your ability to save money is close to non-existent. While you may be lucky to have a trade or skill that is in demand, that might change very abruptly. How many times can you retrain? How many times can you go back to school? How many more times will you take out a loan to learn a new career? How long before it is outsourced or your job is undercut?
Do your kids have upward mobility through education? Is education worth it? Can you afford to live in a society which cannot exist without active cooperation, but in which a humane existence is elusive? What kind of marriage/ LTR do you have? Are you happy in it, or just dreading the day you will be dragged to the cleaners? Does your woman stand behind you, or spend all her time undermining you?
Ever wondered what will happen once you are too old or can no longer work your manual job. Will Social Security or Medicare be still there? What type of an old age will you have? Alone or with a nagging bitch? Quite the options, huh..
Imagine you are a white collar/ professional worker/ small business owner.
You may have started life in a somewhat better position than the blue collar worker, but does it matter now. The company you work for might outsource your job forcing you to work as a contractor/ take less pay or change careers. Once again.. how often can you change your careers? how often will you move?
Even if you spent 10 years after high school learning a specialized skill (as a student or a low paid flunky), it still does not matter.. Careers that were once secure and well paid are becoming extinct. The worse part is that many lose jobs in their late 40s and onwards, at the same time they would entered their peak earning decades. All their sacrifices are rendered worthless especially since the small businesses, startups and consultancies that kept them going are also rapidly disappearing.
Even if you are financially ok, your SO/ wife could still take you to the cleaners. You might spend a lot of money on the upkeep of kids you rarely see. And what are future prospects for your kids? Would a university education help them? Never mind..
Even a government job is no guarantee of stability, because of a shrinking tax base. They will try to honor their pensions before caring about the younger ones.
Imagine that you are a well paid professional.
Does law, med or business school still offer you a guaranteed path to financial success? Law school is already showing the problems inherent in saturation. Business school might not be a good idea in a world where there is less and less to manage. If you think a medical career will still pay the same in 5-10 years from now, think again! Who will be able to pay that much for medical care? Your customers have poorly paying jobs, no savings, no accumulated wealth.. nothing. Plus there are a lot of aging baby boomers, and the generations after them are too small to pay for them and their kids (if they have any!).
Did I mention the wife, alimony and kids problem? Ya!
So there you have it.. This cannot end well, can it?