Rest is a luxury for the rich
November 13, 2013 9:45 AM Subscribe
Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts.
posted by Kybard (277 comments total)
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"This is what our lives are like, and here are our defense mechanisms, and here is why we think differently." (SLKinja)
"Poverty is bleak and cuts off your long-term brain. It's why you see people with four different babydaddies instead of one. You grab a bit of connection wherever you can to survive. You have no idea how strong the pull to feel worthwhile is. It's more basic than food. You go to these people who make you feel lovely for an hour that one time, and that's all you get. You're probably not compatible with them for anything long-term, but right this minute they can make you feel powerful and valuable. It does not matter what will happen in a month. Whatever happens in a month is probably going to be just about as indifferent as whatever happened today or last week. None of it matters. We don't plan long-term because if we do we'll just get our hearts broken. It's best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it."
(The comments section is worthwhile, particularly as the writer responds patiently to those who attack her for her vices.