A Case For The Welfare Of The People
Universal Healthcare and State-Mandated Girlfriends
March 21, 2019
As technology continues to advance at a remarkable and nearly exponential pace, many people feel not only neglected by the market but by society in general. Young people feel increasingly isolated and are more depressed than ever, according to sociologist Jean Twenge. Almost half of Millennials and a large portion of Generation Z suffer from depression and the mental health issue that plagues our nation shows no signs of being remedied anytime soon, providing a stark issue that will inevitably become a point of discussion: what can we do to help the increasingly deteriorating state of mental health and social skills in two generations of young, apathetic, and isolated Americans?
An interesting proposition (one which could be very successful in not only repairing the state of America’s mental health situation but in putting importance back into the family and social relations): establishing, along other healthcare policies, a system of distributing state-regulated spouses to young men and women who lack a significant other. While a seemingly ridiculous solution to a serious problem at first, I believe the fact of the matter is that by ensuring all men (and women) who find themselves less than equal in the dating game are able to find their significant other in a government-enforced relationship market and restoring a fabric of society which has been deteriorating with the rise of groups such as Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) and Women Going Their Own Way (WGTOW) and an increasing distrust of sexual and romantic relationships and of social interaction in general society will be better off as a whole.
In a study conducted by Gallup, millennials have been found to represent the most uncommitted generation in recent history, with 59% of millennials being single and having never married as compared to 16% of Generation Xers and a shocking 10% of Baby Boomers. This represents a new and unprecedented trend within American Society seeing as, by the average age the millennials are now, 48% of Baby Boomers and 36% of Generation Xers had already married, with 65% of “traditionalists” having married as well. It is no coincidence that a generation of increasingly single and relationship-deprived people has coincided with a meteoric rise in Depression and suicide rates. While relationships do not entirely dictate the happiness of a generation and a large portion of society’s malcontent can be chalked up to economic factors that have supplanted the family with technology, the problem has been severely exacerbated by an increasing amount of young people who find themselves, voluntarily or not, without a significant other to provide them the comfort of the love having a partner provides. This has led to many men and women “quitting the system” and associating with groups such as MGTOW and WGTOW as well as identifying with labels such as Incel (shorthand for Involuntarily Celibate).
These young and increasingly lonely people, despite what media outlets may say, are the ones primarily found to be more depressed and prone to unfortunately taking their own lives. While the nation becomes more united on the idea of making Healthcare easier to access and more effectively managed, a great way the government could use any potential funding for a potential universal healthcare system would be establishing an agency or bureau dedicated solely to improving the mental welfare of the citizens by providing them with a loving, caring mate. Such an agency would have an operation dedicated to providing solitary and unaccompanied youths with the love and romantic attention they lack and need, either through a recruitment of both men and women to serve on deck as “state-provided spouses” or through a drafting program of single people. Effectively a government provided dating system, this part of a healthcare program would greatly help to establish long-lasting romantic relationships and remedy a problem which millions of single Americans face: romantic loneliness.
While the program would have to ensure that participants are not abusing it and intend to establish mutually beneficial and long-lasting relations, this would create a new generation of citizenry who no longer feel the need to withdraw from society and become N.E.E.T.s (an acronym referring to men and women who withdraw from society, standing for Not in Education, Employment, or Training), establish long-lasting social ties, and increase confidence and happiness. Additionally, the easy ability of men and women who were previously unable to find a suitable partner to have children to now find a mate would help create stable families, rebuilding a family structure which has deteriorated rapidly in the increasingly post-modern West since the 1960s and 1970s. This would not only help increase familial stability within the nation but ensure that birthrates, which have fallen below replacement rates, but make sure the new generation of children do not have to deal with massive divorce rates among their parents as the past two generations have, due to these new government incentives to raise a family with their significant other paid for by taxes.
Any politician who has a genuine interest in providing for and developing the common welfare of the people would be wise to consider such policies, all things taken into account. Successful relationships and stable families are not just a good display of the mental and social health of the people, but an indication of the strength of the nation- as such, such programs would not only be a good way to improve the sociological help of our society, but the strength of our society economically and culturally as well. A responsible use of an increasingly large welfare budget and social aid programs and a good way for the government to seriously provide for the people, we should not fully discard such an idea so quickly.
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