March 10th, 2006 | filed in News

Two Things

1. I have just signed on to a BIG SEKRIT PROJECT that’s going to monopolize me until the beginning of May. I apologize ahead of time if there are update hiccups. I’ll try to stay on it, but there is a really great silver lining: Not only will I have more published material this summer, it also means Part Two will be finished in time for SDCC – GUARANTEED! I will post more on this later

2. I have been reading up (or obsessing, depending on how you look at it) over this book called Strapped], as it seems to be hitting a serious nerve with me about the predicament of MANY of my friends, relatives and acquaintances.

The basic premise of this book is that the economic system has developed to a point that most young adults find it very hard to get ahead financially, especially to tackle major life goals like getting married, buying a house, and starting a family due to a combination of increasing student loan debt, shrinking starting salaries, higher levels of credit card debt (more due to use for emergencies than ‘frivolities’), and an insecure job market to boot.

The book is basically packed with facts and statistics to back up the assertion that the problem is systemic and not as it’s popularly believed that we are a generation of ‘slackers’. For some quick facts, go here:

http://www.strappedthebook.com/facts.php

The author goes on to say that while she thinks this is a policy problem, that where our major fault lies as a generation is our political apathy. Our reluctance to get angry about the situation and try to change it politically is just going to keep us here in the end, so we need to do something. Dunno how much I’m on board with that, but at least it’s some sort of offered solution. If we don’t vote or run for office, how can we hope to change a system that doesn’t have our interests in mind?

Seriously, if you’re with me and think you see a pattern here, or even if you disagree and think this is just our own problem, you should still read the introduction of the book.

What do you think? I really want to know how the rest of you feel about this.

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