The reason why affluent live so much more is because they tend to be more intelligent, and intelligent people take much better care of themselves than stupid people. At our primitive current scientific state, what makes the most difference in longevity are diet and bad habits. You never see the rich eating pork rinds, or drinking to a stupor, or smoking 2 packs a day. Obesity is much more pervasive among those of the lower and lower-middle classes than among the rich. The rich also tend to have certain traits such as self-restraint. They tend to be harder on themselves than the indigent. They see hedonistic indulgement as a vice of character. This is the greatest paradox: those with the resources to indulge themselves to death almost never do, as they excel at self-restraint, while those who lack the ability to indulge themselves to death wish they could. This is one of the reasons why so many men who become multi-millionaires through sports tend to self-destroy and lose everything in a few years, as these men are usually not very intellectually capable of evaluating the consequences of their actions, unlike people who made their wealth through their brains.
Rochelle, a care worker in Newcastle, is miserable that her hours are so long that she can’t get home to put her children to bed. She also wishes she was better paid so that she didn’t owe £4,000 in catalogue bills, from buying clothes and shoes on credit for her children.
I want to be super-clear on this point:
I carry consumer debt. When my desktop AND laptop needed replacing at the same time, it’s not like I paid cash. I do not pay cash to renew domain names or pay the private server fees for this blog and Arnie’s. And yes, I also occasionally buy “stuff” using credit cards. Sometimes I have even bought “crap” and regretted it later.
However, according to the currency converter I used, 4,000 pounds is over $7,000 Canadian.
I don’t have children. Is this a normal amount of money to spend on clothing them? If not, what else did she go into $7K worth of debt for?
Also, why did she have children she clearly couldn’t afford? If she has children and is also poor, surely she receives social assistance of some kind?