I not only write my own blog, I comment on a few others. Mostly political blogs. I figure if I can get my politics out in someone else’s backyard, I won’t stink up my own.
It’s dog-think, really.
Laila Yuile is a political blogger and I like her. No Strings Attached. She wrote recently about site C and, in her text, she mentioned the hoary old phrase, “of course, we all deserve good paying jobs so that we can raise our children.” Or something of that sentiment. Her point being we need good paying jobs.
And so, now to my point…
I am not so sure there is such a thing as a good paying job. In fact, I am pretty sure there is not. If they ever paid you what your life was worth, you’d get a fortune in pay for the first few years and never work again. So, the amount doled out by way of the system is ‘just enough’. You get paid ‘just enough’ to get by and keep on working. They call that good management. We are being managed!
They want you to eat and sleep but they don’t want you to get rich and be an influence. Of course some of us get by with less and some of us get by with a new SUV and a swimming pool but, basically, we all just get by. Even the guy with two Escalades, a summer cabin and a mistress is not calling the shots behind the scenes. Chances are that guy is just stressed out of his mind.
Only one percent of one percent have a say in calling the shots. Maybe not that many.
The point is that the hoi poloi can never be anything other than that. They are middle upper class at best. Most of us languished in middle class on a good year and flirted with lower class more than once. I grew up in poverty and scrambled up a notch. We did not throw our weight around. Not ever. We were and are the invisible, silent and dispensable majority. We are commoners. We always will be.
So, really? Is there such a thing as a good paying job? Or is there just subsistence and subsistence plus and minus?
“Dave, why nit-pick? If ya got two Escalades, a pool, a mistress and a few big screen TVs….what more does a guy need?”
Well, therein lies the rub. We don’t really need any of that nonsense. They convince us we do. But even that is not the point. The point is we think we need that crap and so we sign up. We enlist. We drink the Kool Aid and join the system thinking we may eventually make 4-star general but knowing that most grunts remain just that – grunts.
It is not news, I know, but we were conscripted at birth (see your SIN card) and most of us don’t even think about it. I think we should think about it.
And the irony is that we sell out to do it. We sell our precious lives to make money to stand in line and buy a box we have no time to live in. We don’t follow our dreams, we follow some curriculum. We don’t march to a different drummer, we march in goosestepping cadence and sing the national anthem. We are small parts of a large organism that is not a good one.
Our system has lost it’s moral compass. We have shed our ethics and our morality because, in a money-driven world, those are luxuries. No longer are we there to do the right thing. We are there simply to ‘make a buck’. We are here only to ‘make money’ now; not to help others. And, perversely, we willingly sign our names on a debt for a million dollars so that we can never change our minds. Some of us even take on system-entrenched careers like lawyer or doctor or accountant so that we are additionally trapped.
The longer I live off the grid, the more like incarceration living on the grid seems.
I know, I know….‘easy for you to say, Dave. You are free. We are not. Stop saying nyah, nyah to us!
Sorry. That was not my intention. My smugness runneth over. Mea culpa. My bad. Apologies. What I really mean is that some of us want to help others and study medicine or law or just grow great vegetables. I have no problem with that. But when your motivation is no longer to do good work or help others because you have to make a buck, then our priorities are all wrong. The result of that wayward path is not just your own misery. That is how evil gets done.
I have no real idea (I have a few real biases) whether site C is needed or not. Is it good or evil? I don’t know. I think it’s wrong. But I do know that, when people are trampling all over others like the government and BC Hydro are, it isn’t all good. And when I wonder why the BC Hydro guy is speaking with contempt to the protesters and the police get ready their tear-gas and tasers, I realize that they are doing it just to keep their well-paying jobs.
And there we are again….well-paying jobs…..