Facebook | Yukari Ryle "Things aren't as happy as they used to be down here at the unemployment office. Joblessness is no longer just for philosophy majors. Useful people are starting to feel the pinch." -- Kent Brockman
The good news is that for the first time in decades a sane well educated person can answer the question "What do you do?" with "Like a million others who are professionals by training and experience in this town I am looking (or doing something menial) how about you? Usually that would get the same response as an admission of leprosy but now it earns a smile and an offer of a cup of coffee. The honesty may be good for the long run. It may even allow men and women to judge each other as individuals rather than as ATMs.
The generation that survived the Great Depression and WW-II did a terrible job of raising children. They got to be called "the Greatest Generation" by a news reader and encourage a culture of entitlement.
How will the generation that has bankrupted the West, produced the Not So Great Depression, and left it defenseless sell itself to History?
The reflex optimism is cultivated by applying for retail jobs online that include 200 question psych-evals. The questions are on the level of "Are you eager to go to work?" and "Do you get really angry and frustrated at work?" Professional applications do not as a rule include that at the first step.