Website owner: James Miller
The hard reality of life for most young men is that when they finish school they will have to go to work at something to support themselves; they will have to find a way to make a living. Most parents expect their sons to move out of the house and earn their own living once they finish school. In the case of girls this is often the case, also. Parents often expect their daughters to move out of the house and support themselves once they have finished school. In some cases the parents may allow their daughters to continue living at home but still usually expect them to find a job and work. It is not at all surprising that things are this way. It is the natural order. If one looks at nature, that is the way things work. If you consider the wild creatures of nature, whether you are speaking of birds, wild animals, or whatever, when the young reach maturity they will all leave their parents and go out on their own to fend for themselves in this hard world. They get weaned away from their parents and pushed from the nest. Yet, even though it is the natural order of things, this can be a very stressful and hard experience for a young person. Why? Because there may not be very many jobs available out there and there is no guarantee that the young person will be able to find a job at all. And if he is able to find a job it may be a very low paying and ugly kind of job. He might find himself forced, through his need to eat, to take a job that he absolutely detests and that hardly pays enough to live on. And he may find that he is unable to find anything better. He may go through a succession of jobs and find that each is as bad as the others, that they are all hardly what he might have dreamed of when he was younger. He may come to realize that this can be a very cold, hard, cruel world. If he gets fired from a job he could find himself out in the streets homeless. All this is especially true for a person not equipped with a good education or profession. If the person has only a high school degree or less he is competing with the masses for bottom-of-the-line jobs --- the worst, least satisfying kinds of jobs. Life can be hard for everybody and it can be especially hard for those down at the bottom. One can say that the central "fact of life" in this world is the necessity of supporting yourself and for many this fact can be a very cold and harsh one. In desperation those at the bottom may resort to all kinds of things to survive, including crime, prostitution, etc.. A great many people find life to be very hard just because of the central "fact of life" of having to make a living; just because they have to endure so much just to eat. Feb 2003 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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