Sometimes we wonder why people are not on our side. If you question why they think a certain way, ask them why--why do you say that. You can tell a lot by expression, anger etc. I have heard from different cultures that it seems that people here sometimes don't want you to have a good life (jealousy). I think in different cultures there may be more bonding especially in families. Because of turmoil in different governments they have to bond (true friendships). I was told a long time ago that things would be getting more expensive. Companies are cutting back hours or laying off. The government has given out a ton of money. If companies know that you can do the work at 35 hrs instead of 40--they'll run with it. What I'm saying is continuing your education can never harm you. And the trend is going w/higher education 4 and 6 yr degrees.