Originally posted by Witness2008
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by phishyblankwaters
So you want respect for the protesters?
I have more respect for the twenty-something working 3 jobs to take care of his and his family.
You respect a person working 3 jobs to support his family is tantamount to congratulating someone for being a compliant slave. Someone that is working
three jobs is only supporting the corporate elite.
I get really tired of this "slave" crap. I know you aren't stupid, so you have to see the huge, astounding, massive differences between having
a job(or 3)
and being a slave
. I mean, really.
But still, lets address the problems of the hypothetical guy with three jobs. He's got a family to support. Big deal, right? Well...kind of a big
deal. Lets suppose this young guy's family is one child around age 10, one baby/toddler, one wife, and himself. Average food consumption for one
human is approx. 1500lbs per year. So figure 3000lbs for him and his wife, and 800lbs for the two children(probably a low number but whatever),
3800lbs of food annually, or 10.5lbs of food every day
. Now factor in water and shelter requirements.
With this information in hand, is it so difficult to understand that to obtain these necessities for bare survival, work must be done, every day?
Remove the guy from the present system and stick him and his family in a pristine natural environment untrammeled by currencies, stock exchanges,
corporations, banks, etc...and, well, damn. Still gotta go out and get that damn food! Still gotta build and maintain a shelter! Still gotta make
clothing from something! And, the world being what it is, almost everything that this guy will need to use to provide those things will resist his
in some way. Animals are quick and wary, food plants must be cultivated and protected, trees for lumber for shelter take dedication to
cut down and prepare. Every day from dawn to dusk he will have to toil.
These days, at least his three jobs can be in air conditioned environments, with manufactured tools to keep him from working himself to death by the
time he's in his late 40's. And actually, our system is advanced and efficient enough such that our hypothetical person could amass enough "work
credit" -- i.e. money -- such that he could pass it on to his children, so that they won't have to work quite as hard. He could even amass so much
that his descendants won't have to work very hard at all for many generations.
In other words, it's not slavery
, it's LIFE
. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
Also, I myself have on several occasions held down two or three jobs...none
of which were with a large corporation, or even a tiny corporation.
Not all jobs come from corporate giants, and it is disingenuous to suggest that they do, or that anyone who is working is just "supporting the
corporate elite." That's just group rhetoric that has no meaning and does not reflect well on the mouth emanating it.