In response to Jane Kelly: We live in a world of terrified, fat, impoverished adult children, corinium wrote:
It’s simple – the State has replaced the parent as the ultimate protector of everyone from everything. It used to be that childhood was the place where you were protected from your own folly, and taught how to deal with the big bad world out there, and shown the consequences that befell those who didn’t take care of themselves.
Now the child moves seamlessly from the protection of its parents to the protection of the State – there is literally nothing a person can do that will make the State wash its hands of you. Become a murderer? The State will house and feed you both in prison and afterwards. Take drugs and ruin your health? The State will not only pay you the money to allow you to do drugs in the first place, but pay for your medical bills afterwards, and then house and pay you to live at someone else’s expense for the rest of your life. Eat yourself to the size of a house? The State will provide all your needs. No action, however heinous, has the ultimate consequence – that of starvation and death, if you do not provide for yourself.
So is it any wonder that we have generations of adult children?