A changing economy, we know from the times of Charles Dickens, can be hard on the laboring class. If members of the workforce lose their jobs they may never return to any kind of financial solvency. In Dickens' era they could wind up in debtors' prison. Today in an economy shifting to digital and already global, displaced U.S. workers turn to murder.
Today, near the Empire State Building in Manhattan, Bloomberg reports, Jeffrey Johnson killed one person before police killed him. He had returned to the area in which he had been working at Hazan Imports before he had been let go.
With so much stress involved in simply holding onto our own means of making a living, we shut ourselves down from those who aren't working. That's just the way it is. Our rhythm is different. So are our sets of problem. A month ago an acquaintance of mine, in one of those up or out situations much like at law firms, was informed she was out. She could hang around until December, though. She wanted sympathy. I had none to give.