so if there’s a financial crisis & people lose everything they have, then those that don’t have much will come out on top, naturally. it’s not as if those that lose houses & cars will climb their way back to the top of the socio-economic heap, just by using the same get-up-&-go they used to get there in the first place. because in all likelihood they didn’t have much of it in the first place. they were given things, guided into the right school then the right retail job then the right early mortgage. all their friends were doing it. why not? so when they find themselves with nothing & possibly living in a housing-commission bedsit they will of course think climbing the ladder will not get you to some solid ground. sure, it may well be elevated, but for how long? they will grow disillusioned & they will welcome the drinkers from the other bedsits into their homes. they will find solace in pooling a meagre government allowance (if one still exists) & losing themselves in a group-alcohol-&-chemical-induced comfort. meanwhile, those who had nothing before (well, perhaps they weren’t exactly down-&-out, but instead functioned without the overwhelming commitment of a mortgage, a credit-card, a share-investment-portfolio) will rise to the top. to them, to us, the ladder can ostensibly rise to firm ground. because we haven’t fallen off it yet, & will think it looks fine. like a dodgy builder, gingerly putting his weight on a beam, saying ‘yeah, this’ll hold’. imagine the power we shall have over the disposable-incomeless. we shall eat at fine venues & throw money at optional services, like dog-grooming & garden manicuring. oh what a wonderful future we live in.