Elite: the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth.
Established middle class: the second wealthiest, the largest and most gregarious group.
Technical middle class: a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy.
New affluent workers: a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital.
Traditional working class: scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66.
Emergent service workers: a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital.
Precariat, or precarious proletariat: the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital.
My husband and I fall into the lowest level.
Have you ever wondered why some people live longer than others? Is there a grand purpose or does their good fortune depend on health, genetics and fate?
I've always lived a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods, exercising and thinking in a positive way. My parents and grandparents lived to their mid-eighties. As to fate, who can say when an accident will knock them down?
Under the Universal Law of Cause and Effect, every action, every thought, every idle word sets up reactions. I've always cared about each person I met. Obnoxious individuals need extra consideration. Something must be causing their bad behavior and I need to understand. I remain polite but firm. If they continue, I avoid them. Everyone receives my admiration for their special qualities.
My son Kym died in his late 20's and Karen died in her 40's. Outliving two of my three children, I wonder why I live on. What extra part of my live do I need to fulfill? Is my writing important? Each novel demonstrates how thoughts are real things. Do I remain to support my second husband, two years older, and yet so much fitter? He's not as mentally strong as I am and would never continue to look after himself the way he does with me by his side. His only hobby is cooking. If he stopped planning elaborate meals, the purpose in his life would drop away.
I don't expect anyone to answer my questions. They're too complex. However, give some thought to your own social level, existence and purpose. If you can work it out, I'd love to hear your conclusion, short-term as well as for the future.