I'm quite actively discussing this in another forum (consumer related, not DL), but was wondering what the perspective of people here is...
Basically, someone has been quite persistant in maintaining that as i'm claiming various state benefits at the moment (in relation to being disabled, unemployed, and paying for housing) that i'm merely refusing to work, a suggestion that I find highly irritating.
I tried to explain that being epileptic (thus not being able to drive) and relying on a wheelchair to get around *can* have an impact on your ability to work, but *not* that I didn't or don't want to work. I'd love a job, and I would start tommorow if I could.
The person's response was that I was just crying out for pity (which I blatantly dismissed, pity is merely a reaction of unaffected persons to satisfy their own sense of humanity, in my opinion - and it certainly doesn't help me) and was making excuses, together with crying out how bad my life was.
Anyway, I appreciate it's difficult to perhaps form a perspective without the whole discussion but I am trying not to drag people into what is quite a bitter discussion, almost an argument; with that in mind, what is your opinion on the state of the benefit system? [Of the UK, I can't speak for the US or anywhere else]
I agree that it is abused, and that some are milking it for more than they are entitled to, but surely it serves a purpose - or should those without the means just go away and die?
I'm curious as to what people think on this issue, so please do tell :-)
[Note: I placed this in "mature topics" as opposed to "off-topic" as I appreciate it's likely to be, let's say, controversial!]