these graphs are all correct. They show that my entire life there has been an increasing horrible split.
I have never known a time where things were good financially.
I was eight years old in 1980. I was 18 in 1990.
All I ever saw was things going downhill for working class people like my family.
and watched it continue to go down faster and faster and faster
Elli Ott that graph with the groceries?
I was eight years old in 1980.
I watched over the next 25 years things only getting higher only getting more expensive only getting worse only getting harder never getting easier
I never saw a time where things were wonderful
adults promised things that didn’t exist anymore.
“Just do this simple thing”
I looked around for that simple thing and it wasn’t there
I clung to the simple things that did happen and watched them disappear
I watch people growing up that never knew even a little bit that I saw disappear
and I couldn’t close my eyes to any of it
and there was no one to complain to about it
I watched good things come too
A lot of great things.
but not prosperity.
and now it’s even harder than then.
I don’t talk about these things because it was not OK to talk about those things once upon a time.
it’s worse for younger people financially but the dialogue is a little open at least.
there’s hope now. maybe. a little.
generation X often retreated to spirituality and religion and finding themselves
getting rich simply wasn’t in the cards
there’s always a few exceptions but they always started off with money
I would’ve done something if I could’ve. I was mostly in shock that we all weren’t dead yet.
should 100% fully completely blame generation X for failing
I never liked my generation and I’m part of it