Today I’m going to rant. If you don’t want to read on, by all means, skip to another, more interesting blogger. But I need to do this.
A pattern has been established. It’s almost invisible, but it is woven into the fabric of Australian society, has been for decades. It’s based on the Great Australian Dream, which is, of course, home ownership. In contemporary times, however, we have seen housing prices skyrocket, so that this dream is unachievable for many. Like moi. However, the fact that I still rent is not attributed to the huge price tags alone. My renting situation stems from very poor career choices in my 20s. Buy my book when (if) it’s published for fleshing out on that era.
So the established pattern then, relates to renters being somehow less worthy humans, on a lower socio-economic rung. Perhaps even less intelligent.
I shan’t go into details, but I did receive an email this morning that highlights this invisible, insidious belief that renters are stupid.
Yet, I am not. Sure, I’m not the smartest person in the world. Part of the reason I still rent my abode at my age stems from that aforementioned poor career choice in my 20s. It wasn’t thoroughly thought-through. Not at all future-focussed. But that doesn’t make me stupid.
So please, a little respect for renters.