The modern, transparent and admired welfare state has moved most natives and immigrants out of financial hardships into emotional poverty. Part of the reason was that the state was not able to perceive reality as it factually existed. Instead, the state made decisions and forecasts based on its internal mental model with preferred vocabularies such as democracy, equality, social justice and collectivism. What we experience now is that subjective reality is a fabrication because ordinary people do not experience anything other than the output of an ideological fantasy. To put the finger on this claim, there were close to 60 million people in the United States, over six million people in England, three million people in Scandinavia and about half of Ireland’s population were recipients of the public welfare in 2017. The welfare societies tend to have an interest in maintaining the image of ordinary citizens as hopeless victims of social and mental disability. Only in 2003, over 62,000 people were granted disability in Sweden where public health was the state vision. The conclusion is this: subjective reality is simply about seeing the world from our own perspective, just as in experiencing an emotion, impulse or dream. It is a psychological trait that does not stand in isolation; rather it is the product of our social learning.

Subjective reality has had a very tough run over the past few decades, or at least so in the heat of social and welfare debates not only across the Nordic countries but also in continental Europe and the US. Subjective reality runs through the history of welfare state like blood through a body. Today, however, this mentality has dominated the entire social and welfare policies. Most of the social and welfare debates are based on a subjective interpretation rather than objective reality or cause-and-effect analysis. In the world of subjective reality, perceptions can easily be filtered through beliefs, attitudes can be reflected through false memories and fictionalized accounts can be persuasively debated and made to seem real. Subjective reality is one of the most interesting topics in the field of mental delusion that has been discovered thus far. Thanks to this discovery it provides us a far better understanding of what is really going on with all the theoretical and inflammatory debates and points of view on the current social and welfare issues and mental wellbeing.

Whether living room talk or coffee break chit-chat, text messages, social media or political and parliamentary debates at the European Commission, most of the conversations represent different realities. The people with the power of change, beyond the pleasure of their paychecks, often introduce different version of reality about a particular topic. For example, in the summer of 2013, a number of heated public debates took place in several EU member states over welfare beneficiaries, what is commonly known as “welfare tourism.” The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Britain complained to the European Commission that refugees as well as citizens from other member states such as Rumania, Bulgaria or Poland were coming to their countries in order to scrounge off their generous benefits system without contributing anything in return. At the same time, the Social Democrats in the European Parliament published their campaign manifesto for the European Parliament elections starting with this statement: “Promote a diverse EU by protecting the right of freedom of movement within the EU.” There are simply two versions of reality on one topic, and it is not easy for laymen to know which one is really true, or how much subjective reality is a fabrication.

In welfare-driven societies, politicians, policymakers, ideologues, debaters, religious leaders, researchers, writers and bloggers often present their own versions of reality by virtue of their expertise. Welfare economists generally reflect upon high taxes and social and welfare benefits as contributing factors to equality and public health. The desire to offer something different, attractive and presentable is subjectively embedded in the psyche of politicians who eventually brought the welfare state to grips with the worse emotional poverty in its history. Unsustainable social and welfare programs have been the sources of many social influences over the course of nearly six decades. The rise of social and welfare programs and the fall of public health are textbook examples of welfare epidemic in action. They may sound as if they do not have much in common. In reality, they go hand in hand and share many interrelated issues. For as long as there have been social and welfare programs designed to help the citizens, there have been social and psychological problems associated with that help.

Today, ordinary people are psychologically burned out more than ever before as the welfare state continues to run its massive experimental reforms across Europe to tackle the problems. None has been more undesirable than the “Universal Basic Income (UBI)”, which came into force on January 1, 2017 in Finland. The Finnish experimental scheme is the first of its kind in Europe where participants receive €560 every month for two years without any attempt to seek employment or take voluntary job. The reason, in the eyes of the welfare state, is that the UBI reduces bureaucracy and simplifies the overly complex benefit system, which is true. Yet it has a reverse effect in the long run. From the early 1970s onwards, most of the social and welfare beneficiaries in Finland have become the victims of a social model that did not work. The UIB is nothing more than a new version of an incentive to convince its recipients to focus on the bright side of their failure. Guaranteed income without individual input fuels benefit claims, stripping those affected of their self-esteem and personal responsibility. This is simply the function of a normal brain, which comprised of billions of neurons that serve as the seat of consciousness...

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