Let’s make one thing clear before I start: In no way do I support the ludicrous amounts that people acquire through benefits or the mentality of being permanently dependent on them rather than a job. It’s such a popular and mainstream opinion that it’s not even worth discussing.
Yep, it’s wrong. The government might do something about it, they might not. Whatever. That’s not where I’m going with this.
The problem that people don’t seem to be addressing on this issue is the excessive anger and hateful response that the public regularly shows towards the subject. I don’t think there’s another subject in politics other than immigration that gets men in pubs more riled up. But where does it really come from?
It’s understandable that people get frustrated that they have to work very long hours 5 days a week to survive while others can find ways around it and live off the government. But there is more to it than simply injustice.
If you talk to people about this problem, you’ll get some responses that show clear jealousy of the spongers’ situation. On a BBC programme on the problem, one interviewee said, “If I could stay at home all day, I would too.” So it’s not just the financial injustice of tax payers funding people’s laziness, it’s envy. People don’t necessarily want these other people to get jobs; they simply wish they could have the same luxury.
It may seem like the same thing, but it really isn’t. If people could receive the same care packages from the government as the benefit users, they would take it straight away. The source of the anger isn’t from wanting everyone to get jobs and not need tax payers’ money, it’s more of a childish, “I can’t have it so you can’t either”.
Now imagine a world where people enjoyed their jobs. Hard to imagine, I know. Would the situation be the same? No. The anger wouldn’t be caused by jealousy – it would be fuelled by a legitimate injustice in the benefits system that stunts the economy and therefore show a need for reform. This is a way more rational approach to the situation. But how often do you hear people in real life talking in that way? …“I dun like that they can stay at home and I can’t.” …You won’t find someone who thinks about the issue politically going red in the face at the idea of someone being at home when they’re not allowed to be.
In fact, the entire mentality of comparing yourselves to other people is flawed in general. You can’t find peace if everything you do is in reference to 7 billion other people. But I’ll save that one for a more philosophical rant.
It’s simple: If people enjoyed their jobs they wouldn’t be jealous of people sitting at home playing online bingo with tax payers’ money. What kind of life is that anyway? When you’re envious of people who do fuck all with their lives you need to sit down and think about what that says about your own.