Wednesday, December 10, 2008


a Biblical thought...
Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20)

a Book thought...
Only you can keep yourself spiritually healthy by feeding yourself. No one can do it for you by proxy. (p42 Cordeiro)
a Dave thought... from The Age
Data from the 2006 census show 38 per cent of 20- to 29-year-olds still live at home, compared with 30 per cent in 2001 and 21 per cent in 1976.
The trend has spawned some clever labels, including helicopter kids (hovering around the family home), boomerang kids (leaving then coming back) and kippers (kids in parents' pockets eroding retirement savings).
It's a predominantly middle-class phenomenon, according to demographer and author Bernard Salt, because higher-income baby boomers tend to have big houses and the cash flow to support adult children, their live-in lovers and several cars.
"Up to 24, it's probably fair enough these days because of the HECS debts," says Salt, who has two children, aged 18 and 21, living at home while they study. "Really, the education phase has moved beyond high school. But after 25, it's hard to argue there's a legitimate reason to be at home."

His analysis of census data shows 18 per cent of 25- to 29-year-olds haven't fled the nest - and in some affluent outer suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney, it is more than 50 per cent.
Plenty of reasons are offered: soaring house prices in Sydney and Melbourne have locked some first home buyers out of the market, while tight rental markets make leasing difficult.
Half of all school-leavers go on to some form of tertiary study, which usually delays getting married, having children and buying a house. Hence, the term "adultescents".
Dominic Thurbon, the managing director of gen Y consultancy The Centre for Skills Development, has another theory: "Gen Y like their parents. They've been parented from positions of friendship, so it has been a more collegial, collaborative home environment." As for the baby boomers, Salt says their official line is they want their kids to move on but, unofficially, they need the ego-boost of being at the centre of things. Sure, there's more washing, cooking and cleaning - not to mention the cash sucked up - but Salt says it's part of the boomer culture to be in control rather than obsolete.

Just a thought.

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