Life expectancy is improving for most populations in the United States, except one – white, middle-aged persons without college educations. Those aged 45-54 have been passing away increasingly from drugs, alcohol, and suicide since the late 1990s.
The findings, published by a married research team in “Brookings Paper on Economic Activity,” came out originally in 2015, but are being discussed again because they are believed to be related to job availability – a major factor leading to the election of President Donald Trump.
Yaron Brook said, “He didn’t get elected because people were feeling good about their lives,” on today’s “Pure Opelka.” These deaths are considered the result of despair in large part due to a reduction in steady work that pays people well.
Brook laid the blame squarely on the American education system. He explained that Americans’ ancestors did not stay in Europe to be slaughtered or die or starvation. They left, knowing they may never see their birth community again, to find a better life.
He said, “We haven’t been taught to think that way” in recent generations. Rather than understand that the reasoning of one’s own mind is a tool for success, he said American schools have not allowed students to learn from failure. The result is a sense of despair in the face of adversity.
“You are the only personal responsible for your life,” Brook said. “Take your mind seriously.”
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