Website owner: James Miller
I sit in my car in a shopping center parking lot reflecting. I see hundreds of cars and dozens of people scurrying around. I think to myself "I see society. It is hundreds of people scurrying around, each looking after his own affairs. Each person is free to do whatever he wants within certain constraints placed upon him by the society. The society sets up rules, which are usually fair and usually have good reasons underlying them, and a person is free to do whatever he wishes within the confines of these rules. It all sounds very good. So what is the problem? Where do the problems and injustices of life come from? Well, they all start from some very basic and universal facts. To name them: Fact Number 1. Every man requires certain basic necessities in order to live --- namely food, shelter and clothing. Fact Number 2. In order to obtain the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing one has to have a certain amount of money coming in. Even if a person has his own house and has his own garden and raises the most of his own food he must still have a certain amount of money coming in to pay for things like taxes, sugar, salt, etc.. The necessity of having a certain cash inflow is a fact of life that he just can't escape. Fact Number 3. In order to get an inflow of money most people must "go to the system", find a job, work for somebody. It is true that some people manage to set up businesses for themselves and be their own bosses. But it requires ingenuity, involves a good deal of risk, often requires capital (money) to start, and is by no means easy. Fact Number 4. Jobs are generally scarce and hard to find. The realities are that most people find that jobs for which they are qualified are difficult to find. The task of finding a job is usually accompanied by frustration and discouragement. The prospect of finding oneself without a job is a very scary one for most people. Fact Number 5. Most jobs are abusive. Most people suffer abuse in their jobs. Overbearing, demanding bosses abuse them, make unreasonable demands from them, have unreasonable expectations in regard to them. Yet most people just hang on and suffer and endure because they know how hard jobs are to find, how small is the chance of finding a good satisfying job where there is no abuse, and they know that they have to have money coming in. Thus everyone finds himself caught in a trap --- a trap made by these facts, these realities of life. Everyone is a captive --- a captive to abuse and brutality and misery. That is why bosses can get away with so much --- why they can intimidate and abuse and why those under them will grovel, lie, cheat, steal, do anything at their bidding. Mar 1985 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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