This is what can happen when you don't have "the mark" of connections. (you sure won't be able to buy or sell when you can't get a job. And now, employers are starting to dis anyone with a less than perfect credit history, too.)
Even the bible scriptures tell us that this world revolves around having the right connections. Take for instance the story of Lot and his family. He was not spared because he was a righteous man. Nowhere does the scriptures state that. That is the twist the wolves have put on it in their interpretation.
If you go back to the three "angel" messengers that came to Abraham....it was discussed that it was already planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham was asked if he had any family in those areas.
Lot was "spared" because of his family connection...not because of any character he himself displayed. Also, if you will remember, the "angels" gave him the opportunity to bring his future son in laws out with him. This offer also was not based on any righteous acts, but was all due to "connections".
And so, that seems to be the system we are in. It is so true..."It's all who you know".
You would be surprised to know how many people obtain their positions in the workplace and else where because of their fraternal oaths and not because of personal character or merit.