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Originally posted by LordBucket
reply to post by SolarE-Souljah
Does something feel kind of "off" to you?
I'm in southern california right now, and we've been having heavy rain for days. In fact...there was a tornado here in Orange County. Yes...a tornado touched down here in sunny socal.
Originally posted by silent thunder
There are few outlets for those experiencing economic pain.
The mainstream media continues to sing its song of "everything is OK," or else focuses on inane celebrity issues or other non-issues. People feeling economic pain are made to think it's their own fault somehow for not working hard enough or what have you. There is also a yawning gap of perception between the generations...older people who are retired and getting their fat pensions and/or social security live in a little self-contained bubble, and after a lifetime of secure jobs and upward mobility they are simply unable to grasp the insecurity threatening younger people. This gap creates a profound lack of compassion, understaning, and communication. The general breakdown of societies and traditional family ties adds to the problem. Those who suffer are thus turning inward, blaming themselves, and becoming profoundly depressed and lost.
There is no "legitimate" forum for discussing these very real problems. You are either branded a "right-wing teabagging kook" or a "leftie commie socialist who wants something for nothing" if you complain. The dichotomies of partisan politics (dem versus rep) are played up in the media, but to those crushed under hard times, they seem two sides of the same worthless coin. All this is creating isolation and depression. Very bad psychologically, and it prevents the kind of mass coalescence that would be the first step to solving some of these serious problems.