The weekend has passed. School has started for quite a few people. Fortunately I have a few more weeks of freedom…er…10 days. Man 10 days until I go back to college, and I’m going to be spending most of it at work. In fact, I spent a large part of the summer at work. Thus is the life of a college student.
Of course, I’m not the only person that works pretty much year round, in fact, there are quite a few people who work non stop. Funny to think about it—in the United States, there are people who work every day of the year and still struggle to put food on the table for their families. Or even struggle to have a table. I’ve talked at length about income inequality and how it is completely unfounded in the US, which is the richest country in history, and I still stand by those points. That being said there is still more to say.
Which is the effects on people who struggle to put food on the table. First of all, there is the obvious one—that there will be a breakdown between family. It’s hard to expect “good kids” to develop when they have parents who are rarely around. Parents are a necessity to having a well-developed human being. In addition to this, it’s pretty easy for me to see why lower socio-economic citizens are the people who are stigmatized for being criminals. Why else would a person steal? Either greed or desperation—and anyone who thinks the poor steal because they feel greed is being unrealistic.
This breakdown at home causes breakdowns in other areas of life. Take school. Students of families who live this struggle often are expected to do more at home—prepare meals, do their homework without outside assistance, walk to school, and so on. Is it reasonable to put this responsibility on an eight year-old? I can tell you I couldn’t ask my ten year-old brother to do these things with confidence he would follow through on a day-to-day basis. And yet that is the world we live in.
Additionally, people in these communities often die younger and in worse conditions. Dying younger makes complete sense when you think about it. Non-stop work leads to mental and physical breakdowns. Think of those people who work 80-hour weeks. I work 30-40 hours a week, more if you count school as work (which many students do), and I feel drained after I finish working. Those people that work 16 hours a day, 5 days a week? Or the people that cut their weekend down so that they are spread slightly less thin daily? Those are the people who really have it bad. And to think, many of these people skip meals in order to make sure their children can eat, or get a present for their birthday. And yet, socialism—the system of government that can provide people like this with the necessary means to have a family without these same constant struggles, is often vehemently opposed by these people.
Why? Well, why don’t you tell me your thoughts on why! You seem pretty smart.