You remember those stories about the very wealthy men who committed suicide because they lost their fortune?

I know enough about psychology to realize that there must be a deep psychological impact to losing your fortune/identity, having the world as you've known it crash down on you, and have no idea where to go from what you see is your lowest point.

And yet, I can't really sympathize. Call me a hypocrite or heartless or whatever, but my initial reaction was (and still is), suck that shit up. Especially when I hear about stories like this one: 93 year old freezes to death in own home due to unpaid power bills

As if I wasn't feeling shitty enough about how this economy is affecting people in ways we've only begun to uncover... I read Shark-fu's post this morning about an entire family of seven now dead from a murder-suicide after the couple lost their jobs. Sometimes I'm just too disheartened...


At Wed Jan 28, 09:28:00 AM Danny said...

Agreed. No one deserves to have their life as they know destroyed but then I think about how those rich people chose to end their lives while that 93yr old man didn't get to make that choice (well as far we know he didn't choose to).

At Wed Jan 28, 02:22:00 PM Renee said...

The story about the man freezing to death has been bothering me ever since I heard about it. There seems to be a resurgence in war on the poor and at a time when so many are in desperate financial straits it is truly troubling. For those that were living on the margins before this crises even began things are going to be extremely difficult. Social services are already reporting a cut back in funds and food banks are running out of food.

At Wed Jan 28, 04:09:00 PM Danny said...

As Renee says when times are hard the ones at the bottom of the ladder are hit the hardest. Which makes me wonder why the largest aid efforts start at the top. You got big business basically getting a reset button after running themselves into the ground by a few million dollars while the people that lost jobs and are about to be literally put out on the street.

Give millions of dollars of taxpayer money to companies whose CEOs can afford to go a year without pay and give people who can barely make ends me a $600 check....Nice

At Wed Jan 28, 05:25:00 PM frau sally benz said...

I agree with both of you. The worst thing about it is that it seems everyone is guilty of it. The poor are no longer the priority, yet only a small percentage of us seem to care, or even notice.

I was also (quite sadly, really) not surprised to hear that they were minorities.


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