What gall these children have, the audacity to be born into lower income backgrounds. They should be punished for their insolence, how dare they live beyond their means. If they were the right sort, they'd have been born into wealthy families, they weren't, and so they deserve to starve, they're obviously not worthy of living.
Unemployment is at its lowest rate. I mean, sure, poverty is up, but they're all employed, so what's the problem? Employment is the /only/ thing that matters.
If they worked harder, they'd have enough money to survive on. I mean, sure, they're working 2 jobs and 80 hours a week as it is, but there are 168 hours in a week, that's at least half of those hours they're not working. Lazy. Obviously work pays, otherwise I wouldn't be earning any money, nobody's situation can possibly be different from mine. I've got enough money to live on, why do these selfish people not work hard like me? God, they must be so stupid to see that if they don't work hard, they won't get anywhere in this life.
They can't afford a house? What are they wasting all their money on? You know, if you were just smart like me and saved up the money, you'd be able to afford a house. Gosh, I can't believe all these idiots who don't know how to save. They should stop smoking all those cigarettes and drinking all that alcohol, I bet that's where all their money is going. They've got the same opportunities as me, so they must be earning the same money as me if they work as hard, and so if they deserve it, then they'll have what I have. I've not had any help, have I?
What do you mean I've been lucky? IT'S ALL BEEN MY HARD WORK, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!?!?! How dare you suggest that the reason that my working hard pays off is because I'm in a situation where working hard will pay off for me? How /dare/ you suggest that it wasn't all because of me? Stop being jealous of my success. I worked hard to get here, obviously harder than you, because you're not where I am. Circumstance has nothing to do with it. It was all me. Get off your lazy backside and work, and don't tell me that you are already working hard, because you're clearly not, because you don't have what I have.
It's hard to question yourself when you've deluded yourself into thinking that all you have is down to your personal drive. That would make you realise that your success is at least partially down to external factors out of your control, and it makes you feel like you don't deserve what you have as much. Which is hard to take. You go from having earned everything you have, to being lucky to have anything. The belief that you're somehow better than others because of your hard work, when really the majority of people doing worse than you work just as hard.
The truth is, it doesn't take anything away from you to acknowledge that we are all affected by our personal circumstances. But in that acknowledgement, you find that it's an unfair system. It is my belief that when we're faced with an unfair system, we should have a moral obligation to try as hard as we can to rectify that unfairness. By acknowledging that the system has favoured you, has allowed you to succeed where others haven't due to personal circumstances in spite of the same work ethic and ability, you can't help but feel compelled to help fix things. Making a small contribution that doesn't harm you, and is probably less than the effect of the system on your success, in order to make a large difference to people who haven't had the same fortune as you, seems like a more than reasonable ask.
Even if you decide that you want to ignore that urge to redress the balance, the numbers alone make sense. If everyone only looks out for themselves, that's only one person looking out for your wellbeing. If everyone looks out for everyone else, that's 60,000,000 people in the UK alone looking out for your wellbeing. If something goes wrong, you get ill, or your accountant is committing tax fraud, or your partner kicks you out of your house because you've been having an affair, or whatever, it means that you're not left alone on the street, because everyone is helping you. The numbers make sense.
I really hope, Richard, that you understand the injustice inherent in this system one day. Because, to be quite frank with you, without noticing this, you will never understand the situation of the majority of people. You'll never feel compassion or empathy for victims of circumstance, and you will miss out on the connection between people against a world that is actually pretty difficult to live in. As a social species, the shared struggle against injustice is one of the greatest driving forces in humanity, and you're missing out on something that is fundamental to being human by blinkering yourself to it. People won't understand you, and you won't understand them. And that's just how it will be until you realise what the world is really like.
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