Post by thesentientpasty on Aug 21, 2017 5:43:31 GMT
No, not the Einstein thing.
Mrs Bez is employed (freelance, some three/four days a week) surveying the public for a rather well-known survey company. The pay is variable, and not amazing. My income is just ahead of min wage. Together we earn perhaps £27k, live in abject fear of A White Goods dying, have two cars held together with hope and gaffer tape, and just about scrape the mortgage month-by-month. We think we're a JAM couple.
Last week she interviewed a local couple for a household survey.
He brings in £40k. The wife £28k. Clearly much more than twice what we earn. When asked (and given options) to describe their financial lifestyle, they plumped for 'Just About Managing', eyeing (their opinion of) the dizzy heights of 'Comfortable' and 'Well Off'.
Not happy on more than a hundred pounds A DAY more than us? I think they need a serious reality check. We'd be giggling like school kids on that sort of cash.
Amazing isn't it? When you cope just on your income and they feel hard done by on theirs. I have got used to being on a low even a very low income and hear people I know complain of not earning anywhere what they feel they should. But then their transport is not a plumbers van and they also went to Italy AND rented a cottage in the West country for another holiday this year..... oh and had the kitchen refitted too. Yes some people really don't know how well off they really are.
I think most of us who have (or still are) been living on a minimal income can agree with the following article. Those that were "born with a silver spoon in their mouth" or have never struggled to put food on the table have no clue what it is like in the "real world" where daily living can be a struggle all of its own.
"A recent study done at UC Berkeley suggests that being wealthy and well off crowds out empathy:
By measuring how those with more wealth, occupational prestige and education behaved while driving, they were able to conclude that those from more well-off backgrounds showed less empathy than others.
Luxury-car drivers were more likely than others to cut off other motorists, or speed past pedestrians, rather than give them the right of way. The researchers concluded that such attitudes were likely attributable to feelings of freedom and independence that negated the need to rely on others, or care about how others feel.
When governments and political parties are mostly concerned with wooing middle- and upper-class voters, it is small wonder that there is less focus on more niche social-justice issues, and more on issues perceived as directly affecting those broader segments of our society."
tis indeed relative. I earn a low but supposedly 'living' wage but its not. if, as an example take home pay a £1000 per month and average rent on a one bed flat or similar is £750 per month minimum, then its not liveable is it.
luckily I am one person with no spouse or spawn to support.
unluckily that means no second income.
luckily, very very luckily, I am able to live with my parents.
unluckily (well, stupidly really, its not luck) I am 45 years old and have to live with my pensioner parents.
luckily, although my parents are not rich at all, I am able to only pay 'housekeeping' rather than a direct share of bills.
as such, luckily, (well frugally) I have been able to save a mortgage deposit.
unluckily, I am 45 years old and cannot get a 30 year mortgage (if I wanted!) and even with various first time buyer perks, I still can't get anywhere near enough of a mortgage to get even the crappiest of crappy flats here in my home town or anywhere near.
luckily, this means occasionally I have enough 'disposable income' to have a short break away for peace and quiet.
unluckily, this is the only way I can ever have a bit of peace and quiet, because, well I live with my parents and have no personal space to speak of other than my bedroom.
though of course its not all luck, I suppose I could've worked harder when I was younger,and be on a higher, actually liveable wage (although hard work is no guarantee) or work harder now (urgh, really?)
but still its all relative. I could be living as a lodger or in a crappy bedsit. I could have the mega luxury of a housing association home made of highly flammable cladding and end up living in a camp bed in a village hall somewhere, but thankfully I don't. I could have a lovely home and income, with a spouse who abuses and belittles me daily, but thankfully I don't.