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  •  Honestly, what do they expect? (9+ / 0-)

    After you've been hounded out of work for simply being over 50 and you burn through every bit of savings you've made in your life trying to find another job and you STILL can't make it, what in the world do you expect to happen?

    Been there, and if not for my children insisting that I come live with them, I would be one of those statistics. I'm 56 years old, have two college degrees and 35 years of working experience, and haven't had a job since 2007. Society tells me I am now worthless -- or, like some of those in the article comments, of negative worth. Once you hit bottom like that, it's damn hard to ever see the top again. It's like you have cooties, and nobody can stand to be near you because what you have might be contagious.

    The despair swallows you, and when everyone tells you you aren't wanted, not for work or anything else, suicide becomes an attractive alternative to the hurt that is the real world today.

    Expect this to continue and even increase unless something happens to give people work and dignity once again.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Fri May 03, 2013 at 06:14:41 AM PDT

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