@keyhollow @amazingacepilot I’m going to go ahead and block you because this is an emotional subject for me and I don’t feel like arguing much further about whether or not my grandparents are “shitty entrepreneurs” for playing the terrible cards they were dealt as best as they can. This is theoretical for you, it isn’t for me. I’m a poster child for capitalism: I came from a poor, violent family, I worked hard, now I’m studying in one of the most prestigious schools in my country, making my way to a Ph.D. and then a lucrative position in government service. Success story, right? My ass. My father could have been an engineer and he was too poor to afford to stay in school; my mother could have been a translator and she was too poor to afford the school’s admittance fee. I’m talking about the kind of poverty where you live with no heating and eat one meal a day and still don’t have enough money to make ends meet. So they took shitty factory jobs until my mother’s health went completely down the drain, and my father supported our family on one terrible salary. He busted his ass, I spent days without seeing him because he left too early and came back too late, and now my parents want to buy a two-bedroom flat and they don’t have the money. My father’s factory is closing, he’s 54, what kind of job is he going to find? My bet isn’t on one that will allow my parents to actually buy a place to live. I know how much money they have and how far it’ll stretch; I also know that my father’s pension is going to be low and my mother’s even lower. I’m terrified of what will happen to them once the money runs out. Poverty is my life, this is how I grew up, it’s still looming over me. I know what it’s like to be sent to bed with just some hot milk while your parents try to pretend it’s fun and call it “breakfast for dinner”. I don’t want to dredge up some of the scariest moments of my childhood just to win an argument on the Internet. If you think this means I’m quitting because I don’t have anything more to say to defend my position, that’s fine; if it means I’ve lost the argument, that’s also fine.
tell me a magical story!