I play in a band. 41 years old, and still playing in a rock and roll band. I like that. There's something about playing music that makes me feel alive, that allows me to stay in touch with my emotions, those things deep down inside that are at the root of my motivations.
Not much more than 48 hours after the tragedy in Virginia, I am surrounded by those stark reminders that life goes on. Peggy Noonan, in an opinion piece on WSJ.com Opinion Journal points out, however, how cold this life is becoming.
Whether one is a proponent of, opponent of, or ambivalent towards Unionization is an ideological discussion, one where I lean towards ambivalence and see Unionization as applicable for some careers and not others. That aside, I was actually troubled by your one comment:
"the GOAL of an employer, is to get as much work out of a person as they can, to get as many hours as possible, as little benefits as possible, and to pay absolute peanuts to achieve this.
The GOAL of an employee is to work as little as possible, for the highest pay and absolutely sterling benefits, and to do so with the barest number of hours necessary."
Herein lies my biggest beef with what I would consider the deepest flaw with Capitalism. Allow me to agree with your assessment that under Amercian Capitalism the above Goals do exist (broad stroking here, of course.) Allow me to expand and say it's for this reason that Unions came to be. It's for this reason that the study of Inustrial and Labor Relations exists at schools like <a href="http://cornell.edu">Cornell University.</a>
It's for this reason that our fiscal society will NEVER be repaired.
I wrote a piece in bentspoon today about <a href="http://bentspoon.net/content/view/80/26/"> Motivation.</a> What happened to employers starting a corporation, small company, or proprietorship with the foundation of providing a product or service to society that actually helps move society forward?
In our pre-Industrial society a balcksmith was integral to the community. He, therefore, took pride not only in his craft, but in the support he gave to his society. The same went for the tailer, and the butcher, and the farmer, and so on. Lawyers, well I have have friends who are lawyers, but even they don't have a lot of nice things to say about lawyers.
Post-Insustrial Revolution, into the real breadbasket of Capitalist expansion, I don't think you can say the same about the motivations of those who started companies, or to those who went to work.
Where is the pride in one's job? Where is the social conscience in the company at large? I think your comment — which really is at the heart of the growing gap between rich and poor, and the death of the middle class — speaks more to "how did Capitalism rip the soul out what we do to make a living?"
Think about how labor relations would go if the employers were TRULY invested in the community, and employees were TRULY invested in that vision?
But then again, as I said in my first comment, our society has become to awe struck by celebrity, quick profits, and instant fame to worry about such trivial things as a meaningful connection to our communities.
Over ten years ago I took a couple of playwriting classes that helped change how I see the world.
I read a titilating piece at SFGate.com today. I was drawn to it because of its titilation, but continued reading when it got me thinking about the status of monogamy in our culture.
Focus is so much harder to attain than I ever imagined.
So today my family celebrated the Resurrection of Christ by going to the race track and betting on the ponies. Not too long after we got there we noticed that the elderly woman next to us had either passed out or died. Our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to poke her with a fork to see if she would move. She didn't, so we took the betting slip out of her hand and collected the five bucks she won.
The purpose of organized societies has long been to oversee the short and long term well being of its members. At what point, however, did our society in particular begin the process of elminating the role of common sense?
Heather Beck was born in Ontario, Canada. She currently attends the University of Toronto where she studies English, History, and a vast array of other disciplines.
Heather began writing seriously at the age of sixteen. Her first book, The Paradise Chronicles was published when she was only nineteen-years-old. Since then Heather has written several more books, all which have been met with glowing reviews. Although university keeps her busy, Heather is adamant about making time for her writing career.
Besides writing, Heather's other passion is the outdoors. She enjoys fishing, hiking, swimming and playing badminton.
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