Comment 41153

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted May 26, 2010 at 17:56:09

I'm of the opinion that human nature doesn't change much. Whatever the culture, whatever the time period, you have a lot of inequality, a lot of unfairness, and a lot of crap to deal with.

Your options are still the same. Either leave your life up to others and the expectations around you, sink to the level of what's "comfortable".... Or, you choose to be greater and you work until you accomplish something.

Now, if you start in a rich, well-educated family, what's "comfortable" might look a lot different - maybe you "only" get a B.A. and slip through family connections into a teaching job (which is still work!)... whereas what's "comfortable" in a less educated family may be different and not involve working at all.

Sure, that's not fair, but I do know this... any good outcome in life involves work, especially for not-so-rich folks like me - and my family and most of my friends - and a lot of poor people.

Which example do I want to be? Which example do I want to set? The choice is pretty easy for me. Especially because I think work is good for a whole host of other things besides a paycheque. You learn responsibility, interaction, skill, time management, and a lot more just by getting out of bed, going to work, and stacking boxes or typing form letters or whatever your job happens to be. If I want to develop better character and life skills, and I want those around me to develop those traits too (yeah, I'm making a value judgment - sue me.), work is an essential part of that.

Comment edited by Meredith on 2010-05-26 17:02:44

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