Work for free... sort of brings out the truth about how people see the economy, doesn't it? I'm gonna flag this thread if for nothing more than that
one simple reason.
Now, would I be willing to work for free? Absolutely not! Never! But would I work for something other than money? That's a different question, and
the one I believe we are actually addressing here.
There are more important things than money, and in abundance. For instance, there is security in the near term. Should my company be having trouble
and ask me (along with everyone else) to work for a week or a month for free, they are not really asking me to work for free. They are asking me to
work without financial compensation. I may well receive something for my labors, be that something personal satisfaction, future financial profits,
job security, or even a favor from a supervisor I can call in later on. The point is that money is not the only method of payment.
Money is actually a hindrance to understanding societal rewards and evolution. We are used to being paid in money, spending that money for the things
we need and want, and using that money to place a value on ourselves. This is the societal slavery that some have already mentioned. Money by itself
is green (or in Canada, multicolored
) paper, nothing more and nothing less. You can't eat it. Unless that money has some sort of value by which it
can be exchanged for goods and services which are useful, it by itself is useless. Want proof? Take a million dollars of Confederate currency to the
supermarket and try to buy a can of beans. You won't have much luck, despite the fact that it is as much money as if it were a million dollars of US
Where I live there is a family who is very wealthy. tney have untold acres of land, multi-million-dollar homes, vacation houses, shopping centers, and
several businesses. they want for nothing, nor will their future generations do so for the foreseeable future. The wealth started many years ago
during the Great Depression, when no one could afford to pay for services. Their ancestor was a family doctor in the area, and one of the poorest
doctors as doctors go. But he would agree to treat anyone regardless of how much money they had for him. He would gladly take eggs, chickens, steaks,
sometimes a cow, and occasionally, when the bill was huge, a plot of land in exchange for his services. He was obviously the most popular doctor
around. As time wore on, all this accumulated good will and property was handed down to his children and then to their children, and as the economy
improved, the things he accepted from those who could not pay became worth more in value, while the money he might have gotten became worth less. He
became a multi-millionaire... by working for 'free'.
So my short answer is, no, I would not work for nothing, but the real answer is I would gladly work for things besides money, even if those things
were promises of future profits. Of course, the actual financial position of my employer, an indication of how much faith I could reasonably have that
the arrangement would save the company, would be a factor in my decision. Also, it would possibly affect my decision if certain high-ranking officials
were not contributing their paychecks, an indication of deceit.
But my real concern is how many here seem to either place a monetary value on everything, rather than a true value, and how many people seem to think
the system must be corrupt because they are not at the top. There is corruption, and plenty of it, in the corporate realm, but it does not follow that
everyone who makes better than you financially is corrupt. That type of thinking will only make sure you never advance your own position in