It is often argued that the society, no matter how open-minded we are, will always be divided with financial stronghold being a prime criteria and over the years the 3 classes that are quite distinguishable from each other based upon the factor of money is the Rich, the Middle and the Poor. I will not talk about the Rich or the Poor, everyone on Earth is already busy debating about them. I would rather take up the very reality of the Middle Class and why I feel that money maybe the main problem of the Middle but it is not the real problem, the problem is how money affects the Middle Class throughout their phase.
Money is the root of happiness in the contemporary world, that is what anyone who is in the Middle Class would always say. The Poor would rather believe that they are already happy in whatever they have and well, the Rich are the ones who perhaps intentionally came up with those quotes which read something like, ‘Money can’t buy happiness’ and other very well decorated lies. Actually, money can buy happiness. How? I won’t answer that directly but through this little article I will explain what this cursed class looks like through the eyes of a 16-year old.
The situation of the Middle Class is difficult not because of not having enough money but because they are neither Poor nor Rich and that is where all the problems begin. Now, they have to keep up a lifestyle which tells the society that they are not Poor but they have to keep in mind to not get too carried away and blow their budget off while competing with the rich. Which is a situation of being between a rock and a hard place.
The idea of goals and ambitions thrives the most in young Middle Class minds but slowly and gradually when they come of age they start realizing the bitter truths and the always against them odds thus their ambitions become fairytale and fables before they even get to try their hand at them. Youngsters from this class are the only ones who are actually afraid to take risks associated with career e.g. dropping out of school/college, pursuing a creative career because of a reason which can be illustrated by the following truth. The Rich kids don’t have to worry about these things, they can drop and then just be well off even if they fail because they are already rich where as the Poor kids have nothing to lose. It’s that 70% population of the Middle who don’t take risks and follow the trend to the ‘most stable careers’ wherein killing any temptation of chasing their dreams. That is career which in fact, comes really later on in life.
The early challenges are peer pressure because you think you saved ‘so much’ and finally have a phone you ‘earned’, for example and everyone else already has a better phone and they didn’t even have to earn it. There goes the craze and zeal of the kid who finally thought he had something nobody else had. The very idea of just being able to afford something is so devilish that it haunts the kid even before he asks his parents about it. Here is how a kid discusses with his own conscience before asking for something costly from his parents because he knows they will not deny but he realizes that there is no money to afford the commodity.
Week 1 : Will I be able to afford it?
Week 2 : How will they manage?
Week 3 : From where will the money come?
Week 5 : I should wait for a few months.
Week 8 : I think I don’t need it. I am managing with ‘this old thing’ already, it works great.
Week 9 : I don’t need it, like seriously, why would I need it?
Week 11 : What was I thinking, I’m really so dumb, I shouldn’t get these senseless wants.
Week 12 : I don’t need it, it’s decided.
…and the kid never even asks for the thing because of a similar analysis he’s been doing over the last few months.
Life isn’t like Bournville, you don’t have to earn it. In most cases, you could be that really fat kid who was ‘gifted’ with it and then later on, when you’ve eaten like a hogging pig for the first 20 years of your life, you can finally take up in your father’s footsteps to be a great actor just because you get signed for movies without wanting it or maybe manage your father’s company because well, when you defeated every other sperm in the ‘race of the millions’ you were destined to be the CEO.
That isn’t the case with the Middle Class, you get so used to those dead and grave expressions of everyone in your house that it becomes the ‘normal’ start of your day to see that everyone is yet again panicking, in tension and not relaxed at all. That is the normal in an average Middle Class family. You get so tensed yourself that you barely remember the kid who used to believe in himself like hell. I like to talk of this as the ‘bubble idea’. Every child when he/she is young is in a bubble. This bubble protects him/her from the harsh realities of life and the truth. The bubble technically should burst when he/she is around 18-20 years old but that is not the case in a practical Middle Class family, this very bubble is forced burst at ages as early as 10 years. Nobody forces it, it just happens itself, spontaneously.
Those expressions, those tensed faces, that early growing up and growing old, the very idea of not taking any risk with your life are the few factors that haunt the Middle Class even when they smile, laugh and even have the times of their lives with their acquaintances and friends. All the members of this cursed class are the closest to reality, to the truth and to the system because they know how all three of these crush them every time they try to spread their wings.
There maybe many examples of Middle class people who have done great in life but that is what the system does, it highlights the 10 and neglects the 1000 i.e. it highlights the 10 who passed the challenge and well, neglects the other 1000 who failed it. Thus inducing fake inspiration and keeping the Middle, stuck to the Middle.
Why do people then still say, Money cannot buy happiness, eludes my understanding.
P.S. – The Post was a little disoriented, I agree but that was because it borrowed much from what I see, what I say and what I know.