Many social and recovery aid programs provide a maximum of two years support. Dr. Iglehart wonders, "what is the magic in 24 months?"
She asked our class a very provocative question:
How long would it take you to get back on your feet if you lost everything?
Could you get back on your feet within two years (assuming a high school education)?
Three PhD students said no or I don't know and three said yes. How would you answer?
I said yes because I figured I could get a job (any job) and at least a studio apartment in two years. I think that my core belief (I am competent) and persistence and natural thrust to grow, develop and survive would not let me fall lower than this basic standard in the US. If I were severely mentally ill or otherwise disabled, then I don't know. But that wasn't the question, she just said how would you do.