This is an article from Automatic Earth. VERY sad. I'll just do a few quotes and 2 links.
"The best we can do is to continue to tell people to get closer to their family and friends, to establish closer communities."
"So your children will once again be your pension plan, just like they were throughout the ages, and they still are throughout most of the world"http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2 ... s-die.html
"In several hundred cases I have been the person to whom somebody hands the keys as they walk out of their house for the last time - I get the keys, I hand them a check for somewhere between a few hundred to several thousand dollars. In exchange they don't get evicted.
I've had people point out the spot in the basement where their son committed suicide, I've seen the hand painted murals on the kids' rooms' walls, I've been asked if they could come back when the ground thawed so they could retrieve the flowers that were retrieved from the top of their mother's casket.
They tell me their stories - death, divorce, lost jobs, murders. Sleazy bankers, unreasonable mortgages, jail, accidents, strokes and heart attacks and cancers. They tell me because I'm the only one who will listen. Almost all of them tell me that I'm the only person who was ever nice to them during the process, and I'm often told that I'm the only one who told them anything at all.
Sometimes I see them put their pets in the car for a trip to the shelter because they can't keep them where they're going. Sometimes they tell me that they are on the way to the shelter themselves. Or across town, state or country.
Sometimes they simply vanish and I'm the first person to see what they left behind - the wedding photos, the kid's homework, sometimes the pets (ever see parrot skeletons on the floor surrounded by a puff of feathers?) Sometimes the pets are still alive.
Sometimes there are bloodstains on the floor, bullet holes in the walls. At times a plastic container filled with ashes sits on the mantle. Half eaten meals on the table, cigarette lighter by the bed, a calendar with dates circles for events that may never be kept. Receipts for one way tickets out of the country, summons notices, credit counseling literature, names of lawyers and doctors.
I've seen it all."http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comme ... at/c2ha0ilhttp://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comm ... job_is_to/
The world is fast changing. The "ME" generation is going to have to learn to survive without a pension. The kids are going to have to learn to live with a full house.
The wisdom of Rodney King will be the thought for the day,,, 'can't we all just get along"? The dreams of affluence and family will turn to tears for many people.
There are currently 130 million Americans in the work force That leaves 200 million who don't work. 52.5 % depend on a check from GOV. 1/3 of all income is from GOV transfer payments. The debt is increasing about $ 3.95 billion a day.
Many people will have to learn new ways to survive. They will have to learn to be nice to other people.
Americans bought 15 million guns this year. Evidently, the existing 300 million just weren't enough. I'm not convinced that everybody plans to be nice.
I hope that Burners can set a good example. Not so much by giving, but, by teaching.
I don't post things because I believe that they are the absolute truth. I post them because I believe that they should be considered.