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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. – Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. – Dalai Lama

Who are we to laugh at other people’s misfortune?

Programmes like Benefits Britain, Benefit Street and Skint only exist for the pointless, low-brow entertainment for the careless viewers who enjoy a certain sense of superiority, as these people are being paraded around purely so we can laugh at them then sink back into their comfortable, benefit-free lives with a glass of champagne, unaffected by the struggles portrayed on our TV screens. These programmes find their focus in portraying the lower class, otherwise classified by the media as the ‘underclass’, as nothing more than low life scum who achieve nothing in life but signing on at 18 with no GCSE’s, 7 kids, 3 cats and a state-funded goldfish. This isn’t always the case. Not everyone breeds for a bigger house and more money. There are actually people who claim job seekers allowance who have different interests in life. I bet you didn’t know that these people existed did you? Yet, these programmes don’t show that, they only show the people who adhere to the characteristics of this ridiculous stereotype – adolescent mothers, smokers, drinkers and scruffs. The directors of these appalling programmes are extruding this corrupt idea that these individuals don’t want to work and only aspire to sit on their arses all day overindulging on crap, watching TV with a ‘tinny’ and spending our tax money. But what about the people who do aspire to be something? The people who don’t simply sit around wasting their lives and large chunks of the tax payer’s money, the people who actually try to find jobs, but whom don’t succeed because of our tough, crippled economy (thank you Mr. Cameron!).…...

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