Because you started off ok but then you just devolved into hipsterthink
Superior Mind wrote:What do mean by that?
[email protected] wrote:Move out of Brooklyn. Seriously.
Superior Mind wrote:As I began earlier: if the elderly could rely on their kin to care and provide for them there may be less of an issue in trying to eliminate or reorganize social security and medicade. I think one of the reasons the American family is a fragile and mostly imagined entity is because our business making paradigm coerces children to move far from their parents to seek out work. If people had a reason to stay in "Springfield" as much as they do to move to a New York or LA, we might see people giving a shit about things like hyper-local infrastructure. Instead rural and agrarian towns dry up in the face of farming giants along with a lack of industry to support infastructure. Basically, we ought to be more self reliant. People with land should be encouraged to grow on it and sell in local-only vendor markets. Let big farmers sell out of state and out of country. Make the local small scale farmers sell amongst each other.
I agree with you about retirees. I think we as a culture waste a fantastic resource with the way we treat out elderly. It would be awesome if instead of moving to Florida as soon as they retired they instead came to live with their children, even if only part time. Why? Because who better to teach your kids while you're off working than your retired parents? My grandparents did it for me when I was a kid and they had me doing multiplication before I even started kindergarten. Way better than day care.
But, and this is a big but, it's free will man. Those retirees have earned whatever lifestyle they wish to live once they retire. If they want to retire to Florida so be it. I've told my mom that I would love for her to live with me and my fiancee when she's ready to retire but she's had her heart set on moving to Arizona for the past twenty years.
And no, the business paradigm doesn't dictate that kids move away, people move to the coast because it's exciting and new and interesting. The midwest is utterly boring unless you're into county fairs with butter sculptures and shit. Cows suck. Besides, they're adults, why should they continue to be reliant on their parents for the rest of their lives?
And then you go on about consuming local food blah blah blah. I'm sure you're a cool dude man, but the entire paragraph read like something a stoner came up with one night while he was baked. THAT's what I meant about moving out of Brooklyn. There's a lot of stupid ideas being peddled there.