posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 06:27 PM
I have always been somewhat mystified by some employer's hiring practices. I have had to compete for those 'menial' jobs against kids fresh out of
high school who can barely read. It's almost insulting. I'm not saying that there aren't some well-educated, hard-working young people out there,
but those types of people are usually not the kind that I find myself up against in the workplace. I realized two things when I was in my early 20's.
Firstly, that you pretty much have to know someone in the company to get your foot in the door in alot of places, and secondly, that the so-called
American dream is crap. Your born, you go to school for 12 or so years of the first 18 or so years of your life. Then perhaps you go off for more
school for the next 4-6 years, only to get a job and work your butt off for someone else for the next 25-30 years. Just to retire, and die of boredom.
Maybe you have a family, maybe you buy a house, maybe you don't loose everything that you worked 30 years for when your bank goes under, etc. I mean,
what is the POINT? There has to be more to life than that. That was the major reason I didn't want to do anything with myself for a long time.
I have recently decided to go back to school to become a lemming (wage slave, call it what you will), because I can no longer stand having to work
with/against silly people in menial jobs that I hate. So I am trying to get a degree and hopefully get a decent job that I don't entirely loath, why,
I am not even sure. Probably because you have to do something. My father said to me once that you either continue to grow as a person, or you stagnate
and you die. The thing is, after being back in school for a while now, I realize that the same silly people I used to work with in minimum wage jobs,
are the same people I am going to school with, and will most likely be working with in the future. The more things change, and all that.
All I can say is, people in their mid-20's aren't the only ones having problems, nor are they the only 'lazy' people out there. I have met more
than my fair share of people in their 30's and 40's who are just as bad as these younger folks today. It is societal, not age-based. Baseline is,
America is messed up, and there doesn't seem to be much getting better any time soon.