As much as I dislike people who wallow in their own filth & even wear it as a badge of honor, our culture does not in any way teach logicak thinking, much less the possibility of paradigmatic shift. Everything is "just the way it is."
In my family, less than one-fourth of the women get their driver's license. This includes my mom, sister, niece, & sister-in-law -- if I were bleeding profusely, I don't know I'd trust 'em to get me to the hospital as I'm pretty certain none of 'em has been behind the wheel since highschool. They're not stupid, in fact they're all creative people & great problem-solvers. But they're stuck, & dead set on staying stuck.
I'm the only musician in the extended family; my grandma had perfect pitch & could score the school band, & she inspired me to try. My niece & I are the only ones who sketch, much less paint. So when I hear "I wish I could play/draw like that," I say "Give me two hours -- it ain't tough to get started," the conversation never goes further.
Acquaintances (online & IRL) often exclaim, "I'd do anything to have a good job!!" I say stuff like, "Well, sell your house & move 50 miles away -- they're hiring for your experience, at twice what you used to get, & here's the link." An optimistic 9 times of 10, they'll trot out the litany: "I was born in this town! This is my home!" "It wouldn't be fair to the kids!" "How would I spend time with my family??" "We've been coal miners for five generations!!" I'll stop there as it's depressing to recall more excuses. But I get them from a family that's down to one shaky income, their house in foreclosure (& maybe months behind in payments); they'd rather "stand pat" & clap for Tinkerbell than invest their shrinking savings in a low-risk/high-payoff gamble.
Similarly, there's the ones who have to have a huge new SUV every few years "because it's safer & we have children." Never mind they also use it to commute 40 miles to their $8/hour no-benefits job.
I don't believe it's just my family, or this region, rather a culture that remains in willful ignorance of the advantage of planning for the future. As a mass, we've been taught the "nobility" of swimming in s**t; somehow we lionize those who rise above it yet also put down those who have "pretentions." The very party that derides "the nanny state" is packed with people who DEPEND on unflinching handouts, who demand to see taxes (which they don't pay) cut so that corporations will offer jobs (that they won't even apply for so long as the trough remains).