The entire society seem to suffer from the social complex of the ghetto.
The European Commission's annual report on "social protection and social inclusion" also found 10 percent of people living in households without anybody working as well as wide discrepancies between life expectancies between EU member states.It’s not so much that ther circumstances are the cause of this mediocrity, but the symptom. The problem is that they imagined – have always imagined – that life could be engineered, at least the life of the non-elite.
It requires a low view of human nature to believe anything that powerless and disjointed can be made good, if not anything other than lifeless. They are, of course better than you and me, and we know this because they say so.
- With thanks to the studious and scholarly Arf