Priorities in a pandemic

#1
Just saw on the news that there are a number of people who are upset that they can not get their eyebrows sorted.
This made me question peoples priorities in terms of the number of people who are really struggling to work, eat and live during these troubled times.
For me, I am trying to support those around me whilst I am cut off from my family.
Are there things that we do that others would claim is not a necessity. I am wanting to understand what they may be so that I may make those changes in my own life.
 

Borobarmy

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#3
Regrettably it’s the me,me,me generations , started in the 80s and progressively getting worse .
jesus if all you’re upset about is not getting your eyebrows plucked then God help your soul
 

El Guapo

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#4
There’s a distinct lack of substance in the modern world. You would have hoped this pandemic would’ve made people reassess what is really important in life but it appears not, sadly. Perhaps a world war would do it?
 

Erimus74

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#5
There’s a distinct lack of substance in the modern world. You would have hoped this pandemic would’ve made people reassess what is really important in life but it appears not, sadly. Perhaps a world war would do it Screenshot_20200801_104102.jpg
Sadly we've lived with this me, me me bubble for quite a few years now, the pandemic started & showed folk in our society in their true light when people rushed out & overbought bought toilet rooks, food, medicine when they didn't need that amount only highlighted today's society
 

Laughing

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#6
Whilst I don't necessarily disagree with some of the comments above. The argument about starving children in Africa really doesn't hold water.

You could equally say to the hungry kids in Africa "two villages over, they have no food or water" .

We will always base our current level of happiness on what we are used to experiencing, and no amount of pointing out how lucky we are will make any long term difference.

There is an element of entitlement, of course, but that is equally true of football fans, for example. Most are not willing to build something slowly, over time, they want big signings, they want instant success and to be frank it is absolutely ruining the game.. Different topic, of course, that I raise it to illustrate the point that we are none of us immune to falling in to that trap.
 

Kosovo

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#7
Hopefully try get my son back to school. He’s on the austim spectrum and the last 3/4 months have been a right off due to the fact he can’t get his head around that he needs to home school and is not on holiday.
 
#8
Whilst I don't necessarily disagree with some of the comments above. The argument about starving children in Africa really doesn't hold water.

You could equally say to the hungry kids in Africa "two villages over, they have no food or water" .

We will always base our current level of happiness on what we are used to experiencing, and no amount of pointing out how lucky we are will make any long term difference.

There is an element of entitlement, of course, but that is equally true of football fans, for example. Most are not willing to build something slowly, over time, they want big signings, they want instant success and to be frank it is absolutely ruining the game.. Different topic, of course, that I raise it to illustrate the point that we are none of us immune to falling in to that trap.
Obviously you have never worked with young people who moan all day about their boyfriend / making a round of tea / netflix / opening the window / the central heating in the office / customers / their dinner / the meal they had last night in the pub/ their car / their mam/ their dad/ the price of everything / how crap their night out was last Saturday....... 8 hours a day 5 days a week.... Eventually you snap and remind them about people in Africa and how good they have it but they don't realise
 
#9
Obviously you have never worked with young people who moan all day about their boyfriend / making a round of tea / netflix / opening the window / the central heating in the office / customers / their dinner / the meal they had last night in the pub/ their car / their mam/ their dad/ the price of everything / how crap their night out was last Saturday....... 8 hours a day 5 days a week.... Eventually you snap and remind them about people in Africa and how good they have it but they don't realise
That would just fall on deaf ears when you're saying it to someone who has never experienced such despair though. It's difficult for someone who has been molly-coddled their entire life to understand.
 

El Guapo

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#11
That would just fall on deaf ears when you're saying it to someone who has never experienced such despair though. It's difficult for someone who has been molly-coddled their entire life to understand.
I don’t think you have to have experienced such despair to understand, you simply have to open your eyes and mind to gain an understanding of the world rather than always looking inwards to yourself. Look outwards not inwards.

Edit: I’m not criticising younger people here, I think the world is being driven, social media, celeb culture, fake news, everything now without earning it, the media and political agenda etc, encourages self centredness and encourages people to believe they’ll be rewarded for being that way. Smoke and mirrors, style over substance. Shallowness. The modern world is not conducive to producing well rounded people. I don’t think those in power or positions of influence want that either.
 
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#13
It seems to me that as a nation we are at danger of lacking empathy. This being fuelled by the modern world, a service economy that provides everything for me, social media, celebrity culture. Is this something that we have not instilled in our children.
How do we get thoughtfulness back ?
 
#14
SAGE advisor suggesting it might be pubs or schools in September.

Any preference?
Schools

But you can manage how people use pubs. Limit the time/ number of drinks/ restrict opening times.
I was amazed the amount of trouble that had in my locality as soon as pubs were opened. Why do people think it is a licence to get drunk.
 

Holgatewall

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#19
Young people now have different set of problems and priorities than we had.

It often seems that they are less happy even though they have so much tech nowadays. Bullying in my day ended at the school gates,now it is carried out on social media.

It seems that they want it all,(didn't we at their age)? University,good job, house ,car,fancy holidays etc.No problem with people having ambitions but they should be realistic and know these things are not attained without a work ethic.They criticize the Oldiies for having had the benefit of buying houses etc cheaply.We had to work from age 16 to get our posessions. No going to Uni for most of us.
 
#20
Young people now have different set of problems and priorities than we had.

It often seems that they are less happy even though they have so much tech nowadays. Bullying in my day ended at the school gates,now it is carried out on social media.

It seems that they want it all,(didn't we at their age)? University,good job, house ,car,fancy holidays etc.No problem with people having ambitions but they should be realistic and know these things are not attained without a work ethic.They criticize the Oldiies for having had the benefit of buying houses etc cheaply.We had to work from age 16 to get our posessions. No going to Uni for most of us.
Bullying is carried on through the workplace for many, it's not just social media.

Economic bullying was a choice we made as a nation in the 80s, as was confining the kids to higher education. I'm sure most would love the opportunities we had at 16 then decided to dispense with in exchange for cheap goods.
 
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