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Articles: the tragic state of employment

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 09:31 PM, (1339 Reads)

I’m just a working man with no college education. I’ve lived all my now fifty-seven years of national obscurity here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, content to be a salmon swimming upstream. The bears in the worlds of government, religion, and business have been taking bites out of my ass; sometimes small ones, often big, painful chunks. As I write this, you see, I have a history of having worked for nearly sixty employers.

Now that’s a dubious honor at best. I know that. It does mean, however, that I have more actual experience than both the average person and the so-called experts when it comes to finding, losing, and re-finding employment in those areas in which a college degree is not a specific requirement.
Whether or not you agree, or even like it or not, there are two realities regarding employment operating simultaneously in this country. There’s one for those armed with college degrees, and then the rest of us.

Now if I sound angry at times, it’s because I am. From where I sit and based on my experience, substance means little and appearance means everything. Education is mistaken for intelligence, authority is accepted as superiority, working for a living presumes we live to work, the once honorable condition of employment has become exploitation of otherwise good men and women, and people have been dehumanized from “employees” and “personnel” to “human resources,” with their humanity taking a far distant second-place to their usefulness as a “resource”.

There’s too much greed at the top, too many sycophants in the middle, too many bullies at every step of the way, and not nearly enough apprecation for the workers’ contribution in the success of both business and this country.

Now if you believe everything you hear, the only difference in today’s world of employment is that the high-school diploma has been upgraded to a four-year degree. There are lies, and damned lies. The continuing myth of the American dream, the work ethic, the “thirty years and a pension,” is a damned lie.

Working in this country has become very much like an armed robbery, as in “your money or your life”. Employers are demanding more of you than just your time and labor. You know it; I know it. But no one wants to talk about it.

The challenge for us all, as I see it, is how best to inspire people to refuse to sell their souls and humanity along with the necessary time and energy in the pursuit of nothing more than money and the stuff it will buy. Or maybe you can tell me why the pursuit of money so often melts the spine and hardens the heart. Or put this way: It may well indeed be true that "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow ye die" is indeed our entire lot in life. If so, I still don't understand why we must be so cruel to each other.

"The Maniacal Laughter of the Damned: Why you can live and work in the real world without making a deal with the Devil"


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by SystemModerator (Systemmoderator@contactwritetobreath.com) on Mar 31, 2010 - 09:35 PM
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You have my attention. Damned good essay. I'm guessing there's a book attached. Either way, very good.


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