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Isherwood  ·  521 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "A distorted idea of what it takes to attain success:" The New 30-Something

I have no answer to this, but the thing I immediately wondered about was the "a little help from my parents" section of that post.

How much of their post was enabled by that little bit of help? How much was that little bit? Was it down played because we as a nation have a very weird relationship with the story of the self made man.

The narrative has always existed, the economy has just made it more noticeable.

blackbootz  ·  520 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yea, they almost snuck it in there. It's hard to judge, even with the prices they listed and the lack of debt upon graduation. One person's "little help" might be another's "holy shit, that's a safety net."

That said, it conforms to my understanding of how much cheaper housing and living was thirty or more years ago.