In a period of change you call an antiquated past measure the normal for the future? Your mind is still frozen to the idea any person without a job is unemployed. Idleness does not equal unemployment.
I talked to a 25-year old friend this week. He grew up in the Inner West, went to private school, followed up with an arts degree and topped it with a Masters in the same field (on HECS I presume). He lives with his parents (at no charge I presume) and works a few hours in a childcare centre (for minimum wage I presume). He keeps busy hanging out with friends and enjoying the company of girls. He feels at ease and doesn't see an urge to get a job. In the past I would have told him to get a full-time job but I said to him: "There is no rush." Why should Gen Y race to pay for baby boomer and Gen X perks they will never collect themselves? There really is no rush. Why invest time and effort into a system that is imploding?
We are at full employment and any person keeping a distance between themselves and the status quo rat race is a thing to be welcomed. The young like him are at an advantage. Any person without debt and without savings has the greatest vested interest to wait for the restart of the monopoly game.
A good sign that we are not at full employment would be if our commutes suddenly took 20% less time. Real life experiences beat any ABS metric.
Your post disturbs me.
I'm struggling to fully articulate why.
Perhaps its my Protestant work ethic, that I was raised with. "A fair days work for a fair day's pay."
Perhaps its my belief that labour is our lot in life, and there is no such thing as a "free lunch".
Perhaps its just my disbelief that this person thinks they can just bludge off the system.
ie; (Who contributed to his HECS so that he could get his degrees? - Where did the government get that money?)
ie; (How does his parents supply him with a roof over his head and food on the table?)
ie; (Where does he get his "allowance", each week to support his "devil may care", attitude? - most girls I know like to be entertained - wined and dined/movie/outings, etc)
I'm thinking that if this attitude becomes entrenched what does it do to our whole social structure?
Maybe the younger generation think they can construct a better model, by just waiting for the old one to die away.
My history tells me, that most models have been tried and all have been found wanting in some shape or form.
Freedom is an elusive quality. If you think you have it and you control it, you can lose it.
I don't know.
There's just something in that philosophy that doesn't add up.
I see it in the conundrum of; "having his cake and eating it at the same time."
I too would like to just sit around at the expense of others; but I would know that I wasn't contributing, rather I was merely a consumer.
I'm sure your friend, is a nice person S3000, so don't get me wrong. I don't mean him, or anyone else personally, when I say these things.