Sunday, January 15, 2006

Jobs are Strange

You get out of school and think that your only need is to find a good job. Society seems to tell us that we must first go to school and then find that job. This is the reason for getting up in the morning. You learn, work at learning, then you work for money, and you try to work for a better position so you can earn more money. Not that long ago you learned your job and you worked at that job until you retired or died, which ever came first. If you made it to retirement you hoped that you had earned enough money to make it through your retirement years. Now you are lucky if the company you are working for is in business for five years. We all work on the edge, and we all try to earn enough money to live comfortably.
My father seems to think that you work for money so you can make more money, so you can pass it onto your children who will not spend it, but just use it to make more money, and then pass it onto their children, and so on, and so on. The goal of life is to make money, according to my Dad. Maybe he thinks it will be tallied up at the end of the universe, and some group of descendants will win a prize.
Money shouldn’t be the goal of life. The human race invented money. It was meant as a means of simplifying trade. How predictable that it has become so complicated. Economics is a confusion of math and what seem to be arbitrary ideas of supply and demand. The whole system of money runs on the idea that everyone can’t have what he or she wants, they must somehow earn what they get. Which brings us back to jobs...
One would think that the most important jobs, to the general public, would be the highest paid. I don’t believe that is the case. What is the most important thing to you? Eating is important. If you don’t eat, you die. Are farmers well paid? How about grocery store workers? Shelter is important. How well paid were the men that built your house or apartment? Protection is important. How well are the police paid, the armed forces? You get paid what people are willing to pay, and what you are willing to get paid for the work you do. How important is what you do, to someone else? If it is very important and only you can do the work, then you can ask for a lot of money. If anyone can do your job, then you aren’t worth as much cash or consideration.
Here we are, the whole human race, arbitrarily working for our wages. I have done a lot of jobs for my wages. I have been a babysitter, house sitter, pet sitter, cashier, bed maker, assistant manger, teacher, software tester, gardener, carpenter, digital ink & painter, illustrator, sculpture, painter and carver. These jobs, that seem many to me, are barely notice in the immense list of jobs that the human race has invented for itself.
Survival is the job that nature has given us. All the other jobs we, as the human race, have created for ourselves. What job makes each one of us happy? Well, that is something that each one of us has to answer for ourselves.

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