Growing up in middle America suburbia I was no stranger to bad things happening to good people. An Uncle died in his mid 30s leaving my Aunt with little job skills with three kids to raise. Until she got on her feet financially, thanks to a wonderful woman at the phone company at the time, extended family helped with expenses and child rearing. When another Uncle lost his job in the coal mines the local parish priest reached out to local businessmen. An owner of a bakery gave my Uncle a job as a route driver. A job that was much better and enabled him to continue a middle class living. When my mother's friend's husband became sick and unable to work, my mother got her a job in the administration office at the hospital where my mother worked. Mrs. Bateman, the friend, went on to become the finance manager for that hospital.
In the 60s and 70s we were willing and able to take care of our own. People that meet with misfortune were quickly restored to their standard in life through the goodness and efforts of extended family, community, friends and churches. No one ended up destitute or homeless.
Today we expect government to fulfill that role. However, government isn't very good at it and usually fails. Not to mention doesn't have the local resources to make people whole. What government tends to do is force people to become dependent upon the nanny state, a very inferior way of life.
Today, people are squired away in their mighty homes absorbed by the "box." Few know the economic terror a neighbor or friend might be going through. For those that are subject to an involuntary firing they often feel alone and ashamed. Communities are no longer the safe haven that comfort and heal the afflicted.
It should not surprise us the soaring suicide and death from drug abuse rates. Also the rise in seemingly mental instability and deterioration of physical health. "Counseling" won't solve these problems, returning those impacted to good paying jobs will. Sadly, I see no movement within communities or even families to take care of their own. We've reached a world in which if the economic grim reaper comes to get you, you might find yourself on your own. This is particularly true for those over 50, the first to go and the very, very last to be hired despite years of experience and pedigree degrees. Welcome to the world of "Future Shock."
Some might have a spouse to lean on but from what I've seen the cut down to one paycheck takes a financial and emotional toll on the family. College age children no longer receive any parental support, friends are lost, favorite activities are gone.