Anyone with an occasional dependent (mother, father, grandparent, child or best friend) knows that the desire to help is often an automatic reaction. However, the listener (dependent) often knows that he or she frequently solves their own personal problems, given time and effort.
In which case, pausing before rushing in to help a "dependent" can remind the listener that a dose of self-help, not pity, might be the best solution.
Helping to get another person out of a difficulty of their own creation can be extraordinarily tricky, even if the person is a relative or close friend.
In which case the STATE should not be directing the Nation's affairs in such a way as to create problems, leading to creation of whole Departments which then try to solve these problems - and citizens who are no longer John Bulls, but so called "state dependents".

Those on State benefits are frequently pilloried as being hooked on dependency.

The USSR in the 1980's led the world in output of oil, steel and cosmological endeavours. Despite this apparent richness, the majority of citizens were state dependents who shared a more or less equal - but low - standard of living, in return for modest effort at work, and a good deal of happiness.

Our claim is that the citizens of the UK in the 21stC by contrast have potential access to the best goods and services the world has to offer, but the UK state, particularly under Gordon Brown, has skewed and distorted the functioning of the UK economy. Gordon Brown has achieved this unconsciously because he has the mindset of a USSR socialist. Problem making, not solving, is built in. The startling result of the Third Way is that by 2007, the very top HAVE-YACHTS have been donated greater enrichment and freedom than ever before, the middle HAVES have been loaded with longer hours, greater stress and messier home lives, and the HAVE NOTS have paid the price in a catastrophic existence with little choice of goods and services, except through debt or crime.

We the millennial generation are in danger of being dumped upon by the HAVE-YACHTS and the HAVES, to help both them and the left behind, HAVE-NOTS.

We have to stay clear of their debt and dependency traps.

Firstly by sticking together see TIME 22.3.10 REHAN SALAM - The Dropout Economy.

Secondly by voting at the election for the party which offers