Recently, there's been a lot of media coverage about Benefits Street on Channel 4 and I think it's got the majority of the country angry but for very different reasons. Some think it's an outrage for it being broadcast whilst others are in an uproar because of the programme itself. I guess above all it's been shown to shock, regardless of it's message.
Well, I'm sort of on the fence about the whole thing. I'll try and be careful with my own opinion and observations, but if I do cause offense then I'm sorry. This is just what I think.
Call me old-fashioned, but I'm one of those people who believe that what you put into life, you get out of. Only you can make a difference in your own life, no one else should do it for you. But I think that's one of the issues with some people nowadays; They expect everyone to do something for them, like it's a given right and that someone has to do it. I'm sorry, but in my books I don't rely on anyone and I certainly don't take handouts easily - if at all! It's not that I'm not grateful, it's just that I don't want to become reliant on others to progress in my own life. Unfortunately, a lot of people have become reliant on those selfless others and now expect help even if they're not entitled to it. There's nothing stopping themselves from changing their own lives but no, they still expect it to be someone else's responsibilities then they can blame that person trying to help if it goes wrong. It's stupid.
Now benefits I think are actually a good idea. Or at least, they are when they're used right and given to those who really need them. They help to prevent poverty (supposedly) yet why do we still have it? Because of the greed of certain people, both rich and poor; Personally I think there's people out there that just accept anything given to them, even if they don't need it. We're all guilty of doing it though, I'll hold my hands up and say I've accepted "freebies", but some people just take take take and give nothing back whilst other people are in desperate need and receive nothing - where is the fairness? Yes, jobs are hard to come by; and yes there are illnesses that prevent people from working which I sympathise with, but the minority of people use such ridiculous reasons for not getting a job, or even attempting to! "They haven't paid my money so I can't get there" - you have legs don't you? Walk. "I can't get anyone to look after my kids" - not even for an hour? Shouldn't they be in school / nursery? And why have them if you can't support them? But this is all dependent on people's circumstances. It's alright me noticing these but I'm judging as a whole and in some respects that's wrong. Each person is different and has a different situation so who am I to judge?
One thing that does disappoint me though is when people claim they have no money yet are able to afford booze, cigarettes, games consoles, fancy phones etc... You get the idea. That's something I personally noticed on Benefits Street and a lot of other people on Twitter did too. I don't even have half the stuff they have and both my parents work! That's what's wrong, it's the fact that working people are having to go without to support non-working people so they can buy their cigs and new tech. Where is the logic? Addiction is difficult, yes I accept that, but there are so many organisations out there to help you with that and they're FREE. Another handout to claim which I reckon so few do.
Again, it all comes down to willpower.
All I will say on the matter is each to their own. You only live once so make the most of it. If you're not happy, DO something about it yourself. Relying on others will only get you part of the way but not the whole hog. Take control and start making things happen for yourself to become a happier you. And just think of how satisfied you'll feel at the end of it, because you can honestly say "I did that. And I'm proud".