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Originally posted by wtbengineer
reply to post by romanmel
You are right, but it's not just our 401Ks, it's everything that is traded or produced or any wealth imagined or real. There are a few on the top of the pyramid who everything else trickles up to. The rest from there on down toil to continue the upward flow. Unfortunately, the vast majority on the bottom who hold up the top must break their backs to keep the machine turning. This has always been this way since we have banded together as a society.
Read 'The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. Things are still the same. Link to the online book:
Originally posted by Honor93
before anyone goes off half-cocked claiming we need communism (not in this country) ... please learn the difference ... communal living is not communism.
Communism is a form of government aimed at stealing the wealth and resources from its people.
Communal living is a lifestyle dedicated to improving the welfare/condition of all the participants while utilizing the minimum natural resources to achieve it. This is not a form of government or an ism of any kind.
I will continue to fight the advances of communism in America all the days of my life, but, i do support communal living. There is a defined difference.
The individual is often encouraged, enabled and enlightened in such an environment. Talent becomes important rather which skill pays more. Creativity naturally becomes free-flowing. Often, the act of helping another provides the self fulfillment we seek in our 'j-o-b-s', yet seldom find.
Ppl, we have reached a place where sharing food with the homeless is illegal ??? wtf ??
No one is suggesting that you give up luxuries, however, working for mere sustenance is non-productive ... and our own history bears this out.
The scary consideration is ... given the current situation world-wide, humans are more inclined to destroy rather develop, why ?? Plenty of ppl with free time, where is the effort?
Originally posted by jpmail
I left the race last year only after a lot of work to clear any debt we had barr our mortgage. Luckily we bought our house before the prices went silly and I mean very close to it.
Since then I and the wife work to live we don't earn a great deal so there is less money in the house nowadays but all the bills get paid and we both get away with working 1 or 2 days a week.
I am self emloyed so although there are hassles with that it does mean I have a very flexible life. It does also mean though I have an older car, smaller house and less trips away but I love my life now.
People dont need to stop working they need to learn that you should work to live not live to work and buy expensive things that you have no time to enjoy as you need to work to pay for them.
edit to add: leaving work and having no debt barr the mortgage junks your cerdit rating something terrible but I have managed so far to deal with that.edit on 14-9-2011 by jpmail because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by univac500
reply to post by doctornamtab
Nice Essay. It's a heat seeking missle to the truth.
I'm a little older now - and I've already checked out of the system.
But for the young kids today who will, inevitably, find themselves in some meaningless, soul-sucking job, here's my advice:
Treat your job with contempt and disdain.
Laugh at the managerial language, decisions and goals of "The Company".
Never give "The Company" any extra time or effort.
And, if you are knocking off a screenplay or a novel, feel free to make use of the company's photocopier.
Univac.edit on 14-9-2011 by univac500 because: But do work hard at spelling.
Originally posted by doctornamtab
We should all vote on issues in our jobs the same way we vote for issues in the political sphere.
I'd like to know who started this dumbing down. It seems to have started with the schools and the media. It seems the people perpetuated it by demanding less mental stimulation. Somewhere along the line, the "work ethic" was promoted as god. If we thought the job market was full of useless jobs, we were lazy communists. Country music, patriotism, and religion bloomed. We were masterfully programmed us to make us want to fight for our slavery.
Originally posted by clearmind
i belive it is a purposefull dumbing down of society..keep the masses too busy to be concernd about the world, learning useless skill sets that only pertain to thier individual jobs and have no real use outside of that job...........
Originally posted by Buddha1098
reply to post by doctornamtab
Agreed. Not only does the system keep us enslaved, it also forces us to push the real cost of our goods onto the poorest 80% of the global population. That Iphone you just bought is fueling a resource war in the Congo and that chocolate bar was picked by a 12 year old African slave boy. Not too mention hundreds of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. People on here love to talk about the global elite controlling everything, and that may be true, but if you are making more than $10 a day you ARE the global elite. Your way of life poisons and destroys and consumes.