reply to post by ~Lucidity
The reason I spoke about the issue of those of us who are not in what can be even loosely termed as high impact, tough, physicaly demanding jobs,
apparantly included in this, is that I hear about it all the time. Lawyers allowing the miniscule stresses on thier minds (baring in mind thier fiscal
capacity to offset stresses with pleasure) to overcome thier bodies, bank clerks just winding down, thier weight and health falling away leaving them
quaking husks of thier former selves.
I can understand if these mental collapses were attributed to outside factors, like relationship difficulties, familial issues, or a pre existing
mental defect bought on by past trauma, but if this study includes these types of work, then the study seems to me to be completely missing the point.
If a person suffering from factors external to thier work , becomes incapable of continuing thier occupation, that should be called clinical
depression surely. If the only thing bugging them, is really thier job then they need to man up and thank the Lord they arent living somewhere were
life is genuinely hard.
While I accept the importance of monitoring workplace health and well being, and accept that working life is not all fun and games at the soft end,
it is none the less extremely weak of people who do not have jobs that can kill them in seconds (Dockers being crushed under containers, builders
falling from scaffolds, miners blown up in a methane pocket ignition disaster) allowing thier work to damage them. If this IS what is happening, and
factors external to thier working hours, environment and so on are NOT to blame for these burn outs, then the answer is not to give people a study
which makes them feel better about it, to coddle them and make excuses for thier weaknesses. The answer is to ensure that the next generation arent
such a whining bunch of whimps.
I remember when I was at school, getting on the bus with some kids who went to a different school to me. One of them was upset, really upset by some
bullying that had gone on toward him from other students. He was pretty cut up about it. Turned out all that was happening is that he had some bigger
kid pull his tie really hard, causing what we used to call a "Boff knot". This is a tie knot, which is so tight, and so solid, that to remove it is
some hell of a challenge, and a really well executed boff knot can be nigh on impossible to untie, and will require cutting. I was slightly suprised
to see the kid in such a state, because in my secondary school , most everybody bought knives to school (apart from a small cadre of folks who were
there to learn, rather than to dye thier shirts a new and rusty colour), and if you didnt know how to block, disarm, and neutralise that sort of
bullying behaviour, you wouldnt just be sad, you would be dead. I figured I had it easy, because nearer to London, kids my age were damned well
SHOOTING eachother on a weekly basis according to the news, so I got on with life. But this poor privelleged kid on the bus was almost suicidal over
his fear of what ammounts to a difficulty with is damned wardrobe! I felt sorry for the guy dont get me wrong, but I was sat there the whole time
thinking "man... I wish I had your problems rather than mine!" .
This study makes me feel the same way. I go to work every day around high speed metal cutting devices, I get shards of metal flying past and into my
face most days of the week, I use tools, use my body strength, and cart masses of metal crap from tools to stock around my shop day after day , week
after week, month after month. I know people who have cushy little telephony jobs who get paid better than me, get more holiday , and complain about
how tired they are, how they need a holiday, how the stress gets to them. Its weakness that I feel is causing this problem. Life seems too damned easy
when people can burn out at a desk, rather than say, at a fire station or at a wood yard.