gringal Posted July 28, 2019 Report Share Posted July 28, 2019 2 hours ago, chapalence said: Not all are as fortunate as you to have the funds from a house sale NOB to put into a "contingency" fund. Many live in near poverty here which is a step up from the streets of anytown USA where they would be living had they not come here. This is a reality for many elders these days, especially single women whose SS savings were made smaller than their male counterparts because of vast income disparity between the sexes. This does NOT make them irresponsible adults, it signals a problem within the society in which they have spent most of their lives, working hard and doing the best their personal circumstances have allowed. We have very little money, a house many wouldn't even consider due to its size and lack of amenities, but we're happy and express our gratitude daily for our blessings. What we will never do is belittle anyone in need of help or suggest they should have lived their life differently to arrive at a place that is more acceptable to those who like to toot their own horns for somehow thinking they're better human beings. Compassion takes one further on the path home than judgements. I could have predicted that kind of self righteous response. Suppose I put it another way: Why would a responsible person move away from a country which has provisions for illness like Medicare and Medicaid for its poorer citizens to a country where the options are much chancier and then hope for charity from others? I feel plenty of compassion for those who are deserving of it. Then I hear a plea from someone who has not even bothered to sign up for Seguro Popular or IMSS. Excuses? I was not particularly fortunate in my financial circumstances in the U.S., so forget that . I was a saver and didn't "need" what that consumerist society foisted on people. In Mexico, the house we bought would be a remodeling challenge most people wouldn't touch. I'm afraid your broad brush doesn't apply here. I was simply raised by people with the attitude that one did everything else possible before asking for charity. YMMV. 3 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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