"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Last edited by tacomancer; 04-23-10 at 10:10 PM.
What is so messed up? The hardest jobs seem to pay the less
~Following My Own Flow~
Last edited by tacomancer; 04-23-10 at 10:19 PM.
I think most of the responses are very thoughtful, here. It has been pointed out that working smart in conjunction with working hard is the ticket toward greater income.
The one thing that makes me crazy is that everyone acts as if lower intelligence is the fault of the person with said intelligence level, and that being smart is somehow a thing that they have accomplished themselves. Some smart people act as if it is their birthright to be rewarded for their intelligence, as if they did something to achieve that intelligence.
While I agree that we must reward people for getting an education and thereby being able to offer more to the economic system, I don't agree that people who are less intelligent deserve to be poor. Innate intelligence is the luck of the draw, after all.
It might even be the case that we can't have any other system but one where the slow are somewhat poor, but let's not excuse ourselves by making it out that they deserve it.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
It is far harder to say consistently throw a baseball 100 MPH within a two foot circle or consistently make 25 foot jump shots with Kobe Bryant hanging on you. Its also difficult to find someone who can successfully argue cases to the Supreme Court or perform brain surgery on aggressive tumors.
I agree that the word "always" makes it an automatic "no". Do ditch diggers work harder than lawyers? Who defines "hard work"? Is it physical labor? Mental challenges?
So then why do cons automatically go straight to "lazy" when talking about poor people? Doesn't the fact that you have to answer "no" to the poll prove that the bull**** about working hard and getting ahead is just that? There is also luck which seems to be a bigger factor than working hard.
Not all hard work leads to economic success. There are many factors that also contribute to it, such as intelligence, discernment, opportunity, economics, social skills, timing, luck, fate, education, family ties, accidents of birth, etc etc