Being mid 40's now I feel because of the job I've done for half of my life and what I've experienced both employed and self employed I'd like your opinion on what I'm about to write.
This concerns peace and people, I'll start with how bad things have become over the last fifteen years...
I've noticed that people function at their best when they are happy, now, constantly giving people something to worry about I feel is having a negative effect on them the world over, here's my example, take two men, man number one lives a satisfying life, he hasn't got money worries and generally walks about with a smile on his face, man number two however lives a life of debt and worries about the economy,war and climate, he's also passionate about these things, they decide to go for a drink together, which one do you think will be more likely to get into trouble during the evening?
My answer is man number two, because his mood is bad before he even goes out, then the beer raises this to general resentment.
Issue number two, which is in a way related to issue number one, the chav problem, this imo is caused by lack of aspiration, they leave school with virtually no chance of buying their own house, setting up a business, so in current times the maths go like this.....
Wage = 5-6 pound per hour = 200-240per week, after tax that's 160-185per week
House = Mortgage of 90000 on a one bed flat = 700pm = 161pw plus maintenance charges and council tax.
Or they can rent for 500pm = 115pw
So as you can see both options aren't viable, the residual of their wages won't even feed them.
So what effect does this have on our school leaver, he sees his only option is to live with his parent's, there's no light at the end of the tunnel either because he knows that even when he gets to 20, he'll still only be earning a take home of about 200 pound pw and the costs have risen in that time, so in effect and I've felt this emotion myself long ago, he feel excluded, he watches the BMW's driving up his street and thinks....I'll never have anything so I won't bother to try, then he becomes a statistic of the disfunctional, all his direction and ambition have been destroyed before his life has even started, this doesn't apply in all cases but can you see what I'm getting at?