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Hardship 30.9.2014

People can be segmented into different groups. Not only from the customer point of view as market research companies tend to do but based on physical look or even personality.

I met probably around a thousand people in my life, 500 are among my facebook friends, other 500 is just my estimation. It might be more but I don´t like to sound too boastful ;-). And these people I met are very different but at the same time some of them seem to form groups that have something in common. They behave very similarly or have exactly the same opinions on wide and varied range of things. Even though they come from different countries with different cultures. One would think that they should be very different, especially when it comes to opinions and behaviours. But there are patterns that repeat and are linked to the core of ourselves.

Few examples.

One group is a group I call- “Lazy fuckers”. Everybody knows them.

These people are just trying to pass their exams, job and life in general. Their only interests are their friends, going to festivals,  pubs and parties. They are looking for way how to kill boredom in the most easiest and the most primitive way. You can´t make them feel excited about any project you would like to carry out. These people usually have not been through hardship, or have been but only for a short amount of time. But generally they have no idea what is it like to suffer from shortage.  And they barely know what they want from life. That is not good group for networking. They will barely achieve anything important in their lives. Their voting preferences are socialist parties. They love redistribution of resources. Allows them to stay in their lethargy for longer time.

Other group might are the one I call just simply “Naive fighters”. These people have never been through hardship at all. Their childhood has been easy, they got all they wanted, possibilities to study what they wanted and during studies they did not have to work. The closest contact with people who were actually working was when they were talking to shop assistants. They usually study sociology, politics and gender studies. Because they have no idea about what it is like to work, they have no hindrances when it comes to public spending. Sometimes they believe that there are no limits to public resources. They are passionate fighters for human rights and especially minority rights. Their voting preferences are extremist parties such as green parties. They are very much in favour of how EU is at the moment. Their dream is to work as social workers and get a lot of money for doing simple and in their opinion very important job.

The largest group is the group consisted of fairly normal people. Fairly because they are reasonable in general, but each one has some opinion that doesn´t really make sense. E.g. Hard working man, that doesn´t care about the fact that he pays from his taxes people who never worked and will never work in their life. But what he cares about are 30 crowns he has to pay every time he visits doctor. But to generalise a bit this group. This group studies all sort of things and these things are in general very useful for the society. They know what it means to work and most of them were through some kind of hardship in their life. But they are very unsecure when it comes to forming opinions and are very easily influenced by medias. They care about politics not only before elections, but throughout the year. Interesting fact is that their final opinion seems to be formed last day before the ballot. They seem to be very forgetful as well and cannot prioritise their needs and therefore choose the best option that would suit their needs.


So these were only few examples of the groups that are among us. Why did I do it? Such a segmentation is nothing new. Well I wanted to ask you about your opinion on the matter of hardship.

Because what I found that is the most influential factor when it comes to forming life priorities and opinions is actually hardship. Not intelligence, not culture. I know plenty of people that are quite clever and come from different cultures and still they match exactly the group “Naive fighters”.  What they have in common is usually the fact that their parents are quite well off.

Very similar thing applies to the group “Lazy fuckers”. And people who went through hardship usually have the most reasonable opinions.

So my question is. I was wondering how should we, as parents, raise up our children not to become naïve or lazy and at the same time provide them with all they need?


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