Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Those that have the least bring the most and those that have the most contribute the least.

Those that have the least bring the most and those that have the most contribute the least.

Funny that but very true.

I have noticed that some people with whom I live and I live in a squat in North London, seem to only be interested solely in eating, smoking, drinking or doing both and then sleeping. As if this has become a lifestyle done on the cheap, an escape from all the commitments that a great many have taken on to support themselves and their families which to a great extent restricts freedom of action. For the great many there is no escape from life's daily treadmill, holding down a job to pay the bills off, the rent, the mortgage and so on, the list is endless.

A new study by the ONS has given us a snapshot of what happened to household debt levels during the recession and into the recovery, if we can call it that, it’s a recovery for some, not all.

However, not including mortgages, the total household debt reached £104 billion between 2010 and 2012, an increase from £96bn in 2008-10. In 2010-12, the average household owed £3,500 on credit cards, overdrafts or loans and more than half of all households believed their debt was a burden.

There’s hardly any wonder then - that a great many are obsessed with money?

Everywhere you look, people appear to be extremely obsessed with wealth and money.  

And because we have taught and allowed entire generations to think that becoming wealthy is one of the primary goals in life, it is creating a tremendous amount of envy, jealousy, frustration and anger among those that have not been able to become wealthy and done well in life, it could be that they don’t fully understand why; it could also mean that many start to turn on their own and find another way of chasing money to pay them bills, life is cruel and harsh for many under capitalism.     

In recent years, the level of bitterness and resentment that the rest of the nation has toward the very wealthy has risen to a new level.  It has now become more and completely apparent to many that the system is designed to funnel wealth to the very top of the food chain, and many of those at the bottom of the food chain are starting to become extremely upset about this.

PEOPLE living in poverty pay around 10 per cent more than average for essential goods and services – a “poverty premium” which can push people on low incomes into crisis, a report has warned this week.

Low-income households are paying up to £112 a year more for their energy due to a lack of ability to take advantage of switching or finding cheaper tariffs.

Since the last financial crisis, almost all of the income gains have gone to the top one percent of all income earners, whilst on the other hand working families are feeling the pinch from flatlining wages which are completely out of line with the every spiraling costs of living.

None of us are perfect or as good as it is possible to be in the present system, we are after all the product of the environment we are born into and to some extent we may mimic that system in our own lives.

However, all is not lost no matter how frustrating it may seem at times, that’s why I continue to move and be as good an active crew member of Squatters and Homeless Autonomy, 45 squats down the road.

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