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Fall Over Us And Hide Us

I had lunch with a friend of mine the other day who is fascinating to talk to. I made a comment about how people seem to look to the government to shield them from the consequences of everything going wrong – and as we all know there have been a lot of challenges that contributed to an economic climate that is causing a great deal of anxiety at the moment.

I sometimes catch comments of politicians who seem to be struggling to find the right balance between providing support and in some case, their comments seem to indicated that they don’t think they can be expected to bail out everyone. More and more I am picking up on their admission that they are struggling to know what to do next.

I just find it interesting because people my age may remember that in our childhood there was a recession and nobody knew about the internet – and people my parents age knew things like rationing and outside toilets – and people my grandparents age knew a world without fridges, washing machines, microwaves etc. But we sort of know that we were ok actually.

Whereas now, in a world full of modern conveniences and technological advancements, some people seem very frightened by the thought of the cost of living crisis. There are so many different cases. There are already people out there who are nowhere near making ends meet, and are reliant on external support and having to make tough decisions over what they can afford – food or heating. But there are others who are not having to make those decisions (yet) but are aghast at the cost of petrol to fill up their vehicle.

There is a lot of talk about what the governments could and should do to help and I imagine it will go on for a long time.

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Jack Has Been Spoiling Me

Jack and I have not really had a lot of discussions about money. We have both sacrificed paid work for many years in order to volunteer for charities. But additionally. we have both worked in paid roles. Before Jack became a full-time volunteer he made a lot of money in the entertainment industry. But he has let go of most of that, but still retained enough for him not to worry about money at all. (It makes you sick – doesn’t it!)

Jack has been able to earn a better rate of pay than myself, but he is still sensible on the whole with money. He does not think in terms of luxuries. He knows what money can do to help people, so he does not think in terms of five star luxury and spending crazy money on silly things. However, he has occasionally been spoiling me in one specific area.

Bear in mind he knows that this year I have been sending a lot of my wages to family. He bought me a couple of dresses in August – the one time I have seen my family this year. Well, in preparation for a weekend with my family at the end of this month, Jack wanted to buy me another dress. Only I could not decide which…so he bought me two dresses. You may be able to tell that I have a real thing for navy at the moment! It makes my engagement ring stand out.

The good news is, the second dress was in the half price sale. Also I had a special code from Phase Eight allowing me another 20% off the order. So, I did feel a little better about the indulgence of two dresses. I wore the first dress you see on Tuesday when Jack and I did an official visit to a site to thank some of full-time volunteers for their extraordinary sacrifices this year. I loved wearing that dress. It was perfect.

Sometimes I feel bad for buying anything new. I have a good conscience that most of my wardrobe is from charity shops. But Jack pinches me and tells me after all the chances to earn we have given up and all the money we have given away, it is ok to have a couple of new dresses and enjoy them. I know that it is ok. I still can’t help but think of people who don’t have enough money to feed their families and therefore go to bed hungry.

This world has such disgusting extremes – the wealthy wasting money on lavish parties and absurd amounts on homes and cares and private aeroplanes. I feel guilty for having two new dresses. Jack tells me to let it go. I must. You would go crazy if yourself everything because of how the money could be used.

It is still not right that people are allowed to earn absurd amounts of money and spend absurd amounts of money on trivial luxuries. I find it almost criminal. But who would be that person who marks the line? Can you say to the wealthy, “look, you have a hundred times more money than the average person in a Western land. So we are going to take half of your wealth and use it to aid people who need farming tools and fishing equipment, and tools to dig a wells, and educational materials for their children, and equipment for hospitals”. Who can do that?

Can you believe I only started writing this post because I was so excited about my new dresses – but I felt guilty writing about them! I wish everyone had equal resources. I hate this world of absurd inbalances.

Buy Now Pay Later

I became fascinated by a BBC news report last week about food banks that have been set up in some American states where people have not received paychecks in several months.

The strange thing as the reporter highlighted was that the cars queuing for hand outs of food and grocery items were all SUVs. He showed a Mercedes Benz, a Porsche and so on.

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Which left him and I scratching our heads with puzzlement. I had a sickening feeling and wondered how many of those drivers had fallen for the old trap: BUY NOW PAY LATER!

Like many other western lands, tyrants have been free to roam and enslave others to debts. I am still wondering why some want things to go back to the way they were before.

Is it right to allow a system based on marketing and advertising products beyond what we might need, appealing to desires in us, enslaving us to debt to bounce back so easily? These cars that contribute so much to the spoiling of our air and our climate. People who think they are free…yet are slaves to debt. It is very scary that the drivers of these SUVs cannot afford to buy food for their families.

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Even sadder was that almost every family in those SUVs did not look anywhere the recommended weight for their age/height. There were children, youths and young adults who seemed to be well over a healthy weight. That only added to the strangeness of the news report.

They were some of the strangest scenes I have seen in a news report. Overweight families driving luxury fuel guzzling vehicles queued up because they cannot afford to buy food. It left me quite baffled.

This world’s economic system is grossly inadequate.

A billion people live on not much more than a dollar a day.

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Jack is happier washing himself and his clothes in water from a bucket than he would be over here. He said to me on Sunday that he loves being with such happy hospitable people who love working together and looking after each other. I am envious. If it were not for feeling I can be useful within the NHS, I do wish I had caught a flight with him back in March and could stay and work with him out in Africa.

I read another article a while back, with some sage advice from Britney Spears on how to handle the absurdities in this tyrannical economic set-up.