This was a reply to another thread but my writing quickly led me to a different subject on which I continued so I thought it would fit nicely in a new
You are free to not work, to end up on the street, to die of cold or hunger, or to be eaten on the sidewalk by some naked guy who has gone crazy,
you're free to do all these things.
You're NOT free to live a relaxed life where most time spent is spent living instead of working, you're NOT free to your own opinion about things as
society governs what you're allowed to think and how you're supposed to behave.
My body has a built in function to relieve of excess gasses but when I burp people look at me like I'm a pig, we are all the same and tastes change
like seasons but nowadays people who don't look like the fakes you see on television and in magazines are deemed ugly, ironically/sadly they're the
natural ones. Like in medieval times, still, your status is determined by what you possess, not by who you are or what you do, with a few exceptions.
You can have a truly productive job like being a farmer, feeding people all across the globe, but you will still be looked down upon by someone who
does nothing but write emails all day for a paycheck twice that of yours, while in reality, the latter doesn't contribute to anything productive at
all, leave him out of the equation and the farmer will still get his food to people who want or need it, but leave the farmer out and you get a whole
This is what frustrates me the most in life, there have only been few decades where true productivity was appreciated according to it's necessity. We
can all agree we need certain things in life, sadly, the most important parts are also pretty much the most under appreciated. Nobody wants to keep
stinky farm animals anymore, or get their hands dirty growing vegetables, or educate themselves on important topics, they have other people do it for
them and as long as those people are there, their needs are satisfied. We've grown accustomed to it so much that we have forgotten how important these
things are for us, and how uneducated we are in most of these domains. That's why I love the self-sufficiency movement, people who can go back to what
is truly important and work on that in the first place, appreciating it for what it's really worth.
Productive and traditional professions, like farming etc. are far into the process of being taken over by industrial companies, so people can focus on
having jobs that have no true value whatsoever, only to buy things they don't really need. Meanwhile, people who DO want to do something productive,
are being forced out by the earlier mentioned companies. The latter, of course, making the sector more and more expensive to get started in, even for
people who just want to do it as a hobby or for self-sufficient purposes.
Just take a look at this graph, showing the increase of seed prices the last couple of years. The article which it came from is below it;
We all know who to thank for this, and of course, as if the increasing prices weren't enough, all hybrids are prevented from being reproductive, the
seeds you get from a hybrid tomato plant's tomatoes, are useless, they will not produce a new tomato plant. Want more tomato plants? BUY more seeds,
or start with non-hybrid seeds.
Continuing with a comparison, I'll divide working people into two categories. The productive ones, people that contribute to society in a beneficial
kind of way, and "unproductive" ones, people who make things easier in life, but are not really that important.
In many cases, the unproductive ones will make more money than the productive ones, where minimum wages are prevalent, and enjoy a higher status
socially. Though, if you had to choose one of both categories that would "disappear", everyone will agree that it's the productive group they want to
Example; Farmer vs Logistics manager.
The farmer needs the logistics business to transport his goods to the customer, but if the logistics company were to disappear, the farmer would still
be producing food and would eventually still find a way to get his food to his buyers. There is a wide range of alternatives to get the food to where
it needs to be.
The logistics business has people in it that need food, every day of their lives. They're completely dependent on this (and other) farmer(s). Take the
farmer away and they would most likely experience a major crisis. Many people have no clue when it comes to being self-sufficiënt, I don't even want
to know how many kids today don't know a potato comes from the ground.
Yet what profession is appreciated most by society? Who do you think people would prefer to be friends with, or get to know better,...? I'm convinced
that would be the logistics people, it's a nice job with a good pay and you don't have to get your hands dirty.
What is the point to all this? Is it to say that some jobs are not needed and should disappear? No, it's to say that I really believe we need to tip
the scale, to something that makes more sense. I also believe that this holds more ground for major change to a more equal world than simply yelling
"banksters are criminals!", though I agree they are, it doesn't change a thing. I think we need to re-prioritize things according to their importance.
This will undoubtedly be a very hard thing to do, but if a few people reading this change their views on who is needed most in society, I'm already
satisfied. Entertainment will be the hardest to crack I think, there is obviously something wrong when people playings sports make millions of dollar
just because other people like watching them.
A couple of disclaimers;
* I'm not a farmer (
). I try to be as self-sufficient as possible and I can easily admit that not all that long ago I didn't value things for what
were truly worth either. I started growing vegetables, started understanding that it's both very interesting and takes a lot of knowledge, and that
people certainly are prejudiced when it comes to things like this. Some people I know asked me why on earth I started growing veg...
** There is no political undertone here, I think we're past the point of -isms and my thinking is no longer confined by them anymore either, this is
not socialism or communism, this is going back to what is most important and what comes in second and in third place, nothing more
*** I know I represent things as totally black and white and I'm fully aware this is far from the case in reality, a logistics company is obviously
not completely unproductive, but it's easier to state my point by using only the two labels productive and unproductive.
edit on 6/7/12 by
ThisIsNotReality because: Typos fixed