There isn't much you can do. The glory years are over and the world has become more competitive. That's just the way it is.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.
Some countries, and people, can adapt to the modern world while others cannot, and governments are limited in what they can do. The US has always prided itself on hard work and initiative but that idea now appears old-fashioned and a more collective society has emerged, encouraged by politicians who say they can offer programs in order to turn things around. Many people still believe that in fact and ask themselves why the government doesn't do something.
The idea has always been to work your way up or be satisfied with your position in life and find happiness in other areas. There is nothing demeaning in stocking shelves anyway. Honest work is often its own reward.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.
That's largely why family, relationships, and good planning are important. Realizing you're largely on your own in this world and to take responsibility for your life is the first step toward genuine freedom. I, like many others, have profited greatly from 'the kindness of strangers' and have given kindness in return. The government often ruins those human relationships.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?
Mit's dad was a governor, etc, and hooked him up with his first job.
Bill Gates mom financed microsoft for him, but more importantly she hooked him up with an IBM contract (his mother was buddies with the IBM CEO at the time).
It's perfectly possible to get "Millionare Next Door" rich by working hard for fourty or fifty years and living like a miser and saving like crazy, but "Millionare Next Door" type of wealth isn't even considered rich these days. Becoming Uber rich requires a lot of help from others along the way.
"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)
"Fly-over" country spoke, and The Donald is now POTUS.
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And Bill Gates and partners did it largely on their own. They took advantage of an opportunity, one that IBM itself missed out on. Bill Gates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBill Gates mom financed microsoft for him, but more importantly she hooked him up with an IBM contract (his mother was buddies with the IBM CEO at the time).
Is being "Uberrich" really that important? Has that become the meaning of life? Whatever happened to genuine spirituality and fulfillment from other aspects of being?It's perfectly possible to get "Millionare Next Door" rich by working hard for fourty or fifty years and living like a miser and saving like crazy, but "Millionare Next Door" type of wealth isn't even considered rich these days. Becoming Uber rich requires a lot of help from others along the way.