a reply to: JAGStorm
No old people are not responsible for the lack of fast food workers or your coffee. They have done their time and deserve
But I will disagree with you that low pay is the problem. Lack of a work ethic is the real problem, and that goes right back to the very woman who was
complaining: the working age. People have coddled this generation to the point they don't know anything else.
And they certainly don't know how to work. Most treat their job like a money tree. If they need money, the job is supposed to give it to them. If
they need insurance, the job is supposed to give it to them. If they feel bad, the job is supposed to understand and make them feel better. In other
words, the job is not there for them to earn a living; it is there like a credit card that can be used whenever they need it, and as a bonus it's a
place to "hang out."
And when that credit card expects them to actually do something? Oh, well, many will just quit and go somewhere else. or maybe nowhere else if they
can get somebody to pay their way. The very idea of having to work for something is just some insane notion by a bunch of old folks who don't "get
I have a friend who is almost 60. He's worked at the same plant for over 30 years. He's now starting to show his age... bad knees, leg ulcers, can't
raise his arms over his head anymore... and he still outworks the younger crowd two to one, doing the same physical jobs they do. His boss has told
him that he gets called in to certain jobs just so he can show up the kids they hire today and try to shame them into actually working!
That's my generation. I retired a couple years ago with heart problems; he's looking to retire as well, as soon as he can. Neither of us trained or
raised this generation... we trained and raised their parents. Their parents would work, but somewhere along the line they overcoddled their kids, and
we now have the result.
And it's not going to get any better any time soon. If people don't know how to work, and the working generation won't teach them and prefer to
complain about them, who is?
Not me. I did my time, as you say. I'm done. As far as I'm concerned, the rat race is over and the rats won.
Now, will I mentor kids? Certainly! I've mentored quite a few people in my time and I enjoy it. But the kids have to ask... they have to actually want
to know what I know. I'm not going to chase them down. There are two people on this planet that i could force to listen to me, and both of them are
now grown and doing pretty darn well, if I do say so myself.
What we are seeing is the beginning of the collapse that accompanies every civilization that gets complacent and decides they deserve something for
the sacrifice they made of being born. Our economy will continue to spiral down until the majority of the population lives in abject squalor... not
the present concept of "poverty"; that's not really poverty when you have three squares a day every day, a mobile phone with silly games on it, color
TV, indoor plumbing, and a car to drive around in. To most of the world, and throughout most of history, that is wealthy, not poor. I'm talking about
living hand-to-mouth trying every day to just get enough to fill your belly, and no time left for self-improvement to try and get to a better life.
Once that happens, that generation will grow up resilient and capable, and the nation can be rebuilt. Until then? Nope. Buckle in and enjoy the