posted on Sep, 20 2014 @ 12:48 AM
I still struggle a bit with the differing concept I observe in France, in which it is assumed that a part of the population is and always will be less
capable of higher education, or less willing (less capable) of handling jobs of responsibility. Some people are good at being a cashier in a grocery
store or fast food restaurant, and that is a possible career for life.
Students are assumed to be primarily students, and working a job at the same time is considered detrimental to that - not taking your studies
seriously, in effect.
My own ambitious nature sneers at this and doesn't really want to participate in supporting that.....
I can only be honest with myself in acknowledging that I have really witnessed people who do not have the intellectual capacities to do jobs of more
responsibility or higher education, and they really excell at the minimum or low wage job they do, and are happy to stay there.
As mentioned, these jobs NEED to be done.....the part of the population that either can't or doesn't want a different class of career is human
resource, that is wasted if we keep them from being able to stay there. I also know through personal experience that trying to complete higher
education while physically and mentally exhausted by service type of jobs increases chances of failure at school.
Now, I have always held the idea that that just serves as a weeding out- if a person cannot handle working and studying at the same time, then they
don't have what is necessary for more responsible positions later. But then what happens to them?
Why keep trying to force them to "move up", if they aren't capable? Why not just valorize things like manual work as a career choice that is just
as important as engineering? To the society, it IS.
I've always gotten irritated with Ayn Rands idea that all the brains of a nation could make their own little society without the muscles- they'd be
busy designing things that no one would build, or maintain. You either spend your calories on brain work or muscle work; you either invest in years of
education, or years of integrating muscle memory and manual skill.
I am sort of arguing against myself here- I tend to de-value these sort of careers, even though I am a immigrant in a foreign country who ended up in
food service (which I never before thought I'd ever step foot in) and while at work, feel embarrassed and shocked at the way others treat me as an
equal. Doctors that act like I am on the same social level, while I am wearing a hair net and security shoes. My husband that is considered rich in
these parts, with a job that allows him to stay at fancy chateaus, eat at famous restaurants, and buy expensive cars... who claims his dream job would
be -a mason.
I don't relate personally to this way of thought, but I cannot deny that it works for them. Those lower wage jobs actually pay enough for those
people to live.
-On the other hand, the luxuries of life are more expensive, it's true. Technological toys, fashionable clothing, some entertainments.... but then
those people who lack ambition seem to be fine without them, and ith getting together to dance outside in the evening, instead of texting on their
phones together at a swanky resto while drinking a ten dollar cocktail.