After perusing and contributing to another current thread of this nature i feel compelled to write this.
Why is work so bad? I have a job and while it is not my "ideal" job, I work and make my money and enjoy the fruits of my labour. Im Canadian and
make roughly $36,000 a year. Not much by most standards, but i have no secondary education, so i make the best of it. That being said, by carefully
watching my expenditures, not putting myself into debt (with the exception of my home mortgage, unfortunately i had no choice there), not spending
friviolously on things i dont need, and looking for deals wherever and whenever possible, ive managed to aquire what i think is a good life.
I have a modest home, small by most standards yet comfortable and cheap on heating bills. I have two cars, a winter and a summer car, and still manage
to put enough in the bank for a nice little vacation each year. I spend less on my mortgage and electricity bills than most people in small
apartments would. I have a wife and a beautiful daughter i love very much.
Now im going to tell you a little story. Before i met my wife i had a close friend move in with me to help "shoulder" the burden of bills and
mortgage. He paid half of everything which was by all means a bargain. His apartment he rented before cost him well over twice what he paid living
Everyday he would come home from working a job that paid him almost twice what i make and would sit down on the couch next to me and proceed to rage
for hours against how unfair his job was, how his bosses were out to get him, how he didnt make enough money and generally how difficult life was.
This went on for several years until i could no longer take his daily rants. I told him he needed to take control of his own life and make a change,
as his job was obviously making him sick with stress. He would answer that it was just simply "not that easy", and would continue his rants. His job
is highly sought after, and ive met others doing the exact same job for the same company who love their jobs. Point being, nothing makes him happy.
He feels the need to complain about his job, yet feels no need to either improve himself or find somthing else. This is all too common these days.
Life isnt easy. No one has ever told us that things would be a cakewalk. I have grown so sick and tired of everyone blaming everyone else,
especially the government for what they have in their own power to do. Dont like your job? Educate yourself and get a better one. Cant afford to
educate yourself? Get a second job and save. Pissed off the banks forclosed on your mortgage? Dont take mortgages you cant possibly afford from a
bank that obviously has its own best interests at heart. The minute the economy goes south or you lose your job, you will lose your house. Is this
unfair? Of course not. YOU signed a contract saying you will make your payments. You would not sell someone a car then shrug and say "Hey! Thats
life!" when they stop paying you.
These may not be easy things to do, but people need to start taking responsibility for themselves. Its so easy for people to point their fingers at
the government, TPTB, Israel, or whoever your favorite boogyman of the moment may be. The government needs work and yes, there is corruption going
on, but is this the main root cause of you working a job at McDonalds? Obviously not.
Have you ever done of of the following?
- Envied your neighbour because he or she drives a BMW and you dont?
- Spent well beyond your means and then had to struggle to right your finances?
- Maxed your Visa, only to get a Mastercard to pay it off?
- Accepted a mortgage knowing full well you can barely make the payments, not allowing for a downturn in the economy or a loss of work?
Many people talk of wanting to "live off the land". With no real thought about what that would entail. Before the days of fertilizer, government
farm subsidies and more, sustinance farmers often went through period of drought and worse. If you want to live off the land and not pay your taxes,
please dont expect the government to bail you out when you are going hungry. Dont expect running water, sewage. When your daughter is raped or you
are wronged otherwise dont expect police protection. If a foreign power invades, dont expect the army to help. Taxes pay their wages. In Canada, we
have free health care, but again our taxes pay for it. Dont come to the hospital when your wife is pregnant or you need medical care.
I agree, it would be nice to perhaps live off the land, roll time back and live in a simpler way. I dont think people were any less happy in those
days. However, one thing we are is more comfortable and people these days have much more free time, at least in Western cultures, than ever before.
Strangely enough though, this seems to be the one thing people complain about the most. We have evenings, weekend, and a minimum of 2 weeks off every
year to do what we want, and yet it is still not enough. Back in the middle ages, people could expect to work all through their waking day, with the
hope that one day their lord might declare a holiday.
Do i wish i made more money? Yes. Do i wish i had a better car, more vacation time, more everything? Yes. But i make the best of what i have and I
am truely happy in this life. I pity those that are not.
edit on 15-2-2011 by nightbringr because: (no reason given)
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