posted on Jul, 30 2008 @ 12:32 PM
y'know, it seems some of you bandy the 'sheeple' term around too much.
it deeply disturbs me that so many people cannot see why other people, strangers, are important and effect their lives in a very personal way.
and also, to the guy who said , and I'm paraphrasing, " minimum wage jobs / entry level positions aren't meant to 'live on' "...... So. poor
people are subhuman? those starting out should live at home with mom until they are 35 and have worked their way up to a decent wage? people
shouldn't have families or contribute to society until middle age? because if entry level jobs shouldn't provide a basic independent living, then
that's what you're shooting for.
in our culture, there is no bigger insult than the ' 40 year old man living in his parents basement' line. I can't think of one that isn't a swear
so someone making a minimum wage doesn't have the right to have an apartment , or eat something besides ramen noodles and gruel? that they haven't a
right to ever own a car or get any medical services?
because not everyone has a family to stay with. some peoples families are overburdened anyway.
you would be creating a system with no ladder up beyond a certain point, meaning you'd have to be upper middle class at least to even try to succeed,
because if you can't afford a house or a car or to make your own family, you will never be able to get on your feet.
what I mean is, if you can't take care of yourself with the most basic job, then you don't have the tools to get a better job.
another point: 2 or 3 jobs? in the small town communities that make up the majority of this nation, when do you work the other job or find the other
if you take the day off to go find another suplementary job, your boss will say that HIS company comes first and if you can't dedicate yourself to
that business, he has no need for you, and you get fired, because I have seen that happen.
even jobs that pay $10-13 per hour don't care if you need time off for health or family emergency.
I saw a guy whose wife had a baby get penalized for leaving to see his newborn child, his first child, in fact.
I lost my job once for taking care of my mom, who had had a surgery that was pretty invasive and there was no one to be with her in case of
If I had stayed on the clock, my mom could've died from hemmoraging. but Emerson General Signal's profits came before my mom's life.
and if my mom had died because I finished my shift, then I probably would've went nuts and shot the place up or something, I don't know.
the point is, other people, especially poor people, effect your life.
people don't generally get robbed by rich people.
I've never heard of a Rich Mugger.
of course there are criminals who will always have those behaviours, but what I mean to say is that many many many people are simply driven to it by
constant blows to their existence.
you see, you may impersonalize these people, or generalize them or stereotype them as lazy or unmotivated or just unlucky, but beyond your front door,
there they are. and they are real people. they eat and breathe and care about their families, and know that other people have it so good they can't
even imagine it, and that causes severe demoralization especially when the Upper Classes (or should I say Castes) insult and deride and relegate them
to obscurity or subhumanity.
the Lower Castes don't want your stupid money. they only need money to support their families and try to give their kids a decent life.
and eating gruel and working 18 hours a day doesn't qualify as a good life.
matter of fact, when people work those intense hours, they are criticized for not taking care of their children, who become criminals so they don't
have to work like their parents, they see the drug dealers and pimps and see that they have free time and easy money, and they see their parents
working themselves to death with no time for them, for little to nothing.
and when a school fails them, then that school isn't fixed, it's shut down.
America isn't as bright and full of hope as you think.
I just can't beleive people would try to say that you just have to work harder and stop complaining and that it's all your fault that your life is
like that because you didn't work hard enough, and that just working harder will make it all better, SOMEDAY.
for some people, that someday is way too far away, or will never come.
it sickens me, in a profound way, that people have such enmity for other people.
I don't see anyone saying they would like to pitch in and educate these people, or mentor them, or offer them a better job or job training.
all I see is 'it's not my problem, it doesn't effect me. those people aren't even real people, if anything, they just steal from me and make my
thinking in this way is what sparked the Holocaust.
we're americans. we're better than this.
we all use publicly funded resources. our taxes are paid for a reason.
all those Cops and Roads and even Hospitals and schools and prisons and so forth are payed for by ALL OF US. they are public services.
I don't even know how to explain it.