Generally speaking what people are born to is seen to be the norm, in the midst of that most will see themselves as independent to one degree or another.
But the level of dependency in the modern world from lighting and heating to “access” and even food is nothing short of staggering.
I don’t think much can be done about that on a global level but steps can to be taken on the individual level to decrease the level of dependency and it all boils down to choice.
One small step is plant a garden in your yard or begin a neighborhood communal garden – not much of a monetary investment but one that can pay big dividends.
When you rely on another like the banking industry to handle your money a dependency is created – a dependency that’s looking to nickel and dime you at every opportunity.
If it’s all about the “convenience” of plastic a credit union would be a better way to go where you along with other members can have something of a voice.
Co ops in just about any way shape or form are hands down better than their alternatives.
Truth of the matter is if you’re paying on a mortgage or car payment you don’t own either – experience an illness or financial difficulty and they’re gone.
Even if what you have is paid off and you fall behind in your taxes they become subject to seizure.
The system as it has evolved isn’t designed to be user friendly, it’s designed to deal from a stacked deck, create dependency and debt servitude.
Different story if you’re on of those businesses deemed “too big to fail” – if so then the government will throw money your way like it’s confetti – often times at one or two percent interest.
Think about that for a moment – if you’re a lending entity or investment firm and can get millions or billions of dollars at one or two percent interest how much will you profit from lending that same money at a higher interest rate or by investing it before paying it back?
Now that you’ve thought about think about something like student loans – they don’t come with an interest rate of one or two percent.
The reason being one can only assume is that students and people aren’t considered too big fail.
Same with healthcare and pharmaceuticals – people pay more for both in this country than anywhere else and apparently your god fearing family values conservatives are of the opinion that people aren’t paying enough as it is.
Contract a catastrophic illness and you’re basically toast if you’re of the working class- the “reason”? Because if a government actually devoted itself to the common welfare that would be “socialism”, and yet those who rail the most against healthcare for all are among those who are and will be impacted the most.
But what’s really too bad in the midst of all this created dependency and lopsided tipping of the scales to corporations and the wealthy is that there isn’t a cure or vaccine for ignorance.
The reality is the we’ve got trouble in River City and it isn’t due to poolrooms or anything so mundane – it’s due to an entrenched blind party allegiance on both sides of the aisle that offers up candidates and the meme of voting for the lesser of two evils.
A system on life-support that will lead not just the electorate but politicians and party officials to declare they will vote for a candidate predicated simply on party affiliation and a bogus profession of “faith” to adhering to the tenets of their belief as is the case with Roy Moore in Alabama.