xenologer: (objection!)
Either everybody lives in "the real world" or nobody does.

Work food service but never done black ops assassination missions? You don't know what life is really like.

Done black ops assassination missions but never worked in politics? You don't actually know how this game is played.

Work in an office but never changed your own tire? Get out and get your hands dirty you wuss!

Changed your own tire but have only worked one job your whole life? Come back when you've lived a little.

Worked fifteen jobs in ten different sectors of the economy but haven't raised a kid? Don't worry. You'll see it all clearly once you have.

Some poser hands you cake at a birthday party? Throw it on the ground! Welcome to the real world, jackass.

Nobody has lived anybody else's "real life" in the "real world." Baby boomers seem constitutionally incapable of learning this. Then again, when they were our age it was possible to work your way through college and then get a job and a house and a car and actually live, even on minimum wage.

I don't want to hear about "the real world" from people who still think success and thriving are as simple as "everybody who wants a minimum wage job will get one and be okay." I don't think they get to serve me that particular meal. Not anymore.

Date: 2015-01-08 12:34 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] veronica-rich.livejournal.com
What she said ...

Date: 2015-01-08 06:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] admnaismith.livejournal.com

The 1960s and 1970s were a great time to be a student. The 1980s were a great time to be starting a career. the 1990s were a great time to be earning a little more than you needed just to get by, and to invest something. Now is probably a great time to get out of the job market, cash in your substantial assets, and begin a delightful retirement in a part of Florida that won't start to go underwater until you've died happy, surrounded by lean, starving grandchildren to whom you chuckle as you tell them you spent their inheritance.

Sometimes I feel like my whole life has followed what was once a beautiful garden path, picked utterly bare by a swarm of locusts immediately before I came along. With the distinction that many of the locusts are now coming back to scold me for not waking up and smelling the roses.

Date: 2015-01-15 03:35 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] motherwell.livejournal.com
Yeah, I feel the same way, except that that earlier wave of locusts were pretty moderate compared to the ones who came along after 2000.

Date: 2015-01-13 01:47 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] belenen.livejournal.com
are my comments that say nothing more than "I agree!" getting boring? because I read your stuff and just feel happy agreement most of the time!

Date: 2015-01-13 07:50 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] virginia-fell.livejournal.com
I think everybody likes being agreed with at least a little. =P

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