posted on Mar, 10 2011 @ 11:04 AM
Agreeing with the OP. I can see that the post wasn't really about work itself, but the nature of work. Working to plant and harvest your own food is
one thing, but the way society's set up is just stupid. You work at least 8 hours a week to earn the money to get the things that matter to you: a
nice home, healthy food, the ability to support children and have a family. But then you have all these things and can't benefit from them because
you're so busy working. Most of your life is spent away from all the things that are important because you're so busy working a job to sustain them.
You have a nice home that you spend no time in and a family that you only see for a couple hours in the evening and on weekends. Then you do this
during all your healthy, youthful, attractive years... then you retire when you're old, heading toward unhealthy years, and your kids have moved away
and have families of their own. So you can finally enjoy life when your life is about to end and you're too old or unhealthy to really do anything.
And before that, as children, we spend just as much time at school. From toddler years at preschool, to graduating college at around 22, then until
you're in your 60s or 70s.
It seems like it should be the other way around... that you spend at least 8 hours a day with your family and doing what you love, enjoying your nice
home, then you work for a few hours in the evening and maybe a couple days a week to sustain it. What's the point of having all this nice stuff if
you're never around to enjoy it? It's not that work seems unnatural, it's that our culture's idea of work is illogical.
Someone mentioned living off the grid. Sure, you could do that. Heck, there are a lot of communes that you can join that have it all figured out for
you. However, a lot of people in those communes blog about how they're trapped because the little money they do make by selling goods or whatever,
goes back into their commune. You still need funds to repair your home, to buy seeds to garden, to feed livestock, etc. You also need clothing and
such. What if you want more? And that's the thing. You either have a nice home, nice clothing and are very comfortable... but are never home to enjoy
it -- OR, you're home all the time and working the way you were designed (gardening, etc.), but your lifestyle isn't going to be anything near
what's considered comfortable by most people. I don't think people should have to make that sacrifice. I think people should have the best of both
worlds, and I think that's what the OP feels is unnatural about the current system (correct me if I'm wrong).
The only point I disagreed on was the complaint that not everyone can go to school to get a job that they love. There's always a way to go to school
and to do what you love. I know it feels impossible, but a lot of poor, single mothers work and go to school. You see commercials about it all the
time. Watch the movie Homeless to Harvard. Or take it from me. My mom had cancer and couldn't work to support us. We were homeless for a while until
I was old enough to work. I was accepted into a college at the age of 14, but couldn't go because we lost our home and were moving around just trying
to get our lives together. As soon as I was 16, I was working. My home school transcript wasn't enough for some people, so I got my GED. Waited until
I was 18. Had the choice to work in a hospital in the cafeteria while they trained me to be an STNA, then work as an STNA while they paid for my
schooling to become an RN, provided that I agreed to work at their hospital for X amount of years. I couldn't do that because my mom had a recurrence
and I had to take care of her while she died. So now, I'm going to college in my early 20s and making it on my own. There's always a way, even if it
takes years. Sure, it's annoying that I could've been in college at 14 and now I'm actually LATE going to college and one of the older people, but
I'm just grateful that I'll end up doing what I love. It is a struggle, but I'll do anything to just get through school. Almost any adult can, it
just might take some time.