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Does defeatism become a self-fulfilling prophecy?
It feels like I'm seeing an increase in people with a fatalistic mindset, both online and amongst people I grew up with, that things are getting gradually worse and if you don't have a wealthy family behind you then you've got pretty much no chance. Now I largely agree with this sentiment but it is noticeable that the ones who complain about this the most seem to have decided that this means the system is rigged completely against them so there's no point in even trying, so they're in a worse financial position than most of their peers.
If we take home ownership, for example, I grew up in East Yorkshire and there is a noticeable split amongst people I went to school with; I'm 33 for reference. Those who saved up for a house have, by this point, been able to buy one. Those who bought into the mindset that they'd never be able to afford a house decided not to bother trying to save up for a deposit so they're still some way off, which they blame on privilege and capitalism rather than taking any responsibility for it. I appreciate home ownership is a pipe dream in certain parts of the country, particularly That London, but not whatsoever in a relatively cheap part of Yorkshire.
I think what I'm saying is we all know that things are shit, particularly if you're from a poorer background, but is the biggest factor in how successful you are your own mindset and how you adapt to this?