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  •  Who is measuring misery? Stress? Fear? (3+ / 0-)
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    Teiresias70, PlinytheWelder, bobswern

    There is a strong undercurrent of misery since the crash of 2008.

    Very few are free from the stress and fear caused by job insecurity for those lucky enough to still have one.

    What I am witnessing your average family experiencing saddens me greatly.  

    Kids are becoming sick from living in their stressed out homes.  I know a 14 year old hospitalized for Rheumatoid Arthritus.  Her dad lost his job, they lost their home, and are getting by in the basement of her mom's parents home.

    Family structure is being disrupted by needs to move to "where the jobs are".

    Oh, the list is so long.

    Everytime I hear the term American Exceptionalism I rage inside.  The system is set up to trample on the greatness of American citizens spirit trapped in low paying jobs while the cost of utilities, food, housing, day care, gas, and essentials slowly skyrocket.  Checke the price of diapers lately?

    And that creates misery.

    That said, of course our misery doesn't come close to the misery in other countries in the world like Haiti.

    But the difference between what the rhetoric tells us we are and what we are becoming, poorer, is crazy making.

    We are 6th on the happiness scale this year.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 05:45:00 PM PDT

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