Hard Luck Stories

I just heard a caller to the Dennis Prager show complaining that he can’t afford the $600 a month for Kaiser health insurance so he has to go without.

He said he worked about 20 hours a week as a landscape helper and that he feared his knee would go out again and he’d need an MRI and would not be able to get one.

I want to know what life choices that guy made that put him in such a bad position.

I’m in a bad position too. I have $1700 in the bank. I have $45,000 in credit card debt. I’m going backward financially by more than a thousand dollars a month.

So I keep borrowing from my friends and family. And I’m launching my Alexander Technique practice. But the real reason I am in this financial fix is because of my bad character.

Over the course of my life, I many times chose to not listen to good people around me. Instead, I chose to rebel and to self-destruct. I chose in school to not take a lot of classes seriously. I chose to not do my homework. I chose to not go along with social norms on hundreds of occasions leading to social isolation which is another word for death.

If you socially isolate yourself, you’re putting yourself in poverty and desperation and you are making your hold on life tenuous.

I made many bad choices in my life and these choices put me where I am today. My consistently most damaging choices have been those that have severed my connections with the good people around me.

So now I’m in pyscho-therapy and I’m working the 12 Steps for my many emotional addictions and I’m practicing Orthodox Judaism and I’m re-evaluating many of my instinctual anti-social reactions and I am trying to let go those that don’t serve me.

I don’t think that everybody who’s in a desperate circumstance is 100% responsible for that position. I think that most people in America who can’t afford health insurance are responsible for putting themselves in such a position. I think most poor people do not work as hard as rich people. I think they watch a lot more TV instead. I think most homeless people abused drugs or alcohol. I think most people on welfare made decisions that put them in a pathetic position and that if they had made more responsible decisions, they would not suck so much on the public teat.

D. emails: You’ll find on these pages, the turgid musings of my fair-dinkum wastrel of a son whingeing about the poor choices he’s made in life. As you can see, his latest scheme to avoid work involves begging money from his family and an attempt to teach a brand of quackery called Alexander Technique. If you ask me, his dear old dad, the boy’s off his mental tucker. Just look at the little poofter with his hands all over other blokes. Look at this photo of my lad — the one I raised better — gazing lovingly as some drongo cracks a fat and my boy prepares to move in. It’s bloody disgusting — although no big surprise to me. Would that I were there to correct him with a couple of sharp raps with the cricket bat I use for bursting cane toads. Well, the rent’s coming due soon. I suppose I’ll either have to dole out more cash to keep a roof over the lad’s head … or he’ll have to step up the number of men he orally copulates. And don’t think for a moment my boy will turn down cash from his old dad. He derides people who are on the dole in these hard times, but has no trouble expecting friends and family to help him out with his finances. Bloody little ponce.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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