Website owner: James Miller
The problem of employment and the need for jobs lies at the very heart of many problems of society. With the increase of technology and automation comes a decrease in the number of unskilled jobs and an increase in the number of jobs requiring specialized education and skills. With fewer unskilled jobs available, competition for them becomes greater. Those without special skills, in order to survive, must compete fiercely for the lowest level, least desireable, lowest paid jobs. All of this puts stress on the unskilled, on people displaced from outdated skilled positions, etc.. These people are forced to either educate and train themselves for available skilled jobs or compete for the very bottom-of-the-barrel, bottom-of-the ladder type of menial, unfulfilling jobs. What if they don't feel like educating and training themselves? If we assume that a large portion of the population does not train itself for skilled positions, this puts a lot of pressure at the bottom of the ladder. What about those who "cop out" in school, who don't want to compete, who don't want to play the game? There will always be a few motivated people who will diligently study, compete and excel but how about the others, the ones that are not convinced, that don't see the point and value of it all? Those who just get off the treadmill and refuse to pedal? Don't these feel like they are victims of a heartless, cruel system? How many people in our society feel like they are trapped in a heartless system? That they are just a nameless number caught in a stark, cold, cruel trap that they can do nothing about? Even if they have a job it is monotonous and unsatisfying or else full of pressures and stresses. Are they really trapped or is it all in their mind? Were the old days when everyone had his own two acre plot, raised a few chickens, a cow, his own vegetables and lived a simple, self-sufficient life better? Has science done anything that would prevent him from going back to that old lifestyle? Jan 1980 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
On Self-sufficient Country Living, Homesteading
Principles for Living Life
Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.
America has lost her way
The really big sins
Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle
These things go together
We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
The most important thing in life is understanding
Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?