My name is Lacie, and I am currently curled up under a good five blankets in my brother’s bedroom.
I am not tall. I have green eyes and I read a lot. If I sang, you’d hear that I am a tenor and thus a little unusual, though it’d be more unusual still for me to openly sing in front of you. I enjoy walking and I will try to catch leaves if they fall near me, but only if I think nobody is looking.
And all of these things should be a better way to get an idea about who I am as a person, as a fellow human being, than whether I currently am employed or not, or what my health is like, or how old I am.
That is not to say that you should assess somebody’s worth by what they look like, or what their hobbies are, or what pitch their voice is when you persuade them to sing. And it is not to say that we should all be totally uncritical of what has happened in the past in society, or blindly accepting of all of the ways other people choose to act. But I do not believe generalising or simply attacking whole groups of people at once is the solution. It does not solve problems.
I feel like more people should try to challenge these prejudices surrounding those who are unemployed, who are not in training, who are young, who are from poor backgrounds, who have mental health difficulties. Put simply, these prejudices are driving (or being driven by?) government policy. They are harming vulnerable people. I might as well add to what is being written.
If my situation is different to what you’d expected, then please think about how other people’s lives might be different to what you’d expect too.