For every singer/rock star/author/etc who hit's the big time, there are a thousand others who have worked just as hard and are just as good and talented. Sometimes life is about having just the right face at the right time and place.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
no denying that.....
and they can accept the help out there and pull themselves back up
and the ones that dont have the skills to get the "better" jobs.....
whose fault is that? what role did they play in the position they currently hold?
and more importantly, what are they doing to try and remedy that situation?
forgive my lack of sympathy for most of these people
i help those who actually try to help themselves
for instance.....saw a waitress really do well with a belligerent customer a few weeks back
wife and I watched the situation play out.....and this kid (she is 17) acted like a pro
she kept her cool, and after the idiot finally left i waved her over
she now works for me.....as a customer service rep.....
she has a lot of work ahead of her.....but i think and hope she is up to the task
will what i did change her life...i dunno....but it gives her a chance
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don't believe that. The trends are macro, and even good workers are getting less pay and low raises in any particular job. When a plant closes and moves offshore and 500 people lose their jobs, there just do not exist equivalent jobs for the GOOD workers to move into. The jobs that do exist pay less. Sure, someone can rise above stocking shelves to management, but not everyone can and the person who DOES stock shelves is needed and either should or should not in a functioning system share in rising productivity and profits and be able to afford the basics on the income from that job. If not, then what do we do about that.
Saying, well that shelf person should work harder and if he did he'd make more money doesn't change that the next guy in his job cannot make it on that pay. If that job doesn't pay enough to afford healthcare then what do we do when that person or his kids get sick? The job won't go away, so blaming THAT guy for holding it isn't an answer.
Similarly, in that restaurant there are some probably ordinary waitresses. What do you think a reasonable expectation should be of them? If they're not extraordinary, they "deserve" financial insecurity and no healthcare insurance? If their kid gets sick, they have no one to blame but themselves for the bankruptcy, for doing an average job in an average vocation?
Last edited by JasperL; 06-11-15 at 04:25 PM.