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Content note: Poverty, religious extremism, survivalism, guilt, and suicidal depression.

This essay by John Scalzi on what being poor is like was extremely painful to read, as was Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.

I think it's partly that my family of origin was usually lower-middle-class, and partly that I sold almost everything nice I owned in a very short period of time because I had been guilted so much about not having a job and I honestly believed that I needed to make money somehow and it was my fault if I couldn't.

I think that was around when I almost killed myself.

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