Monday, December 14, 2009

Leech Jobs


I had a sense that some jobs like sales, marketing, finance, brokers were comprised of leeching off the hard work of others. What benefit does a Shamwow sale have on society? Next to zero. It actually takes away capital from society, as the product is overpriced and does not perform as advertised. How much does a used car salesman contribute to society when he sells a car for $7,000 instead of $5,000? He's actually taken away $2,000 of money that's hard earned. Real estate agents baffle me, especially for the amount of work they have to do. Did society optimally benefit from the quick bucks from a sale of a house where the buyer wasn't informed of all the hidden problems in the house?

Let's respect those that contribute a lot more to society. Today, we have misplaced our respect. We've grown up believing and valuing what the corporate infrastructure has taught us. We've ignored the rest. Time is the most important commodity, not money. Money comes and goes, time just goes, and you never get it back.

What's the point of accumulating money? You can't take it with you when you die. What's the point of breaking your back on buying something fancy? Is it really worth losing all that time and energy to something that has just as much value as something that costs way less? Did those fancy clothes or toys make you feel better or was there something else you could've worked on to feel even better that would've cost you zero? Did you really spend money during your most memorable moments? And if you had spent a lot of money, would yur memories have been that much better?

You know, 40 years ago, salaries were around $10,000 a year, which is a whole lot less than they are now. Somehow people could afford a house, a car, and some extras in life. There was better food, more trust in strangers, an intact family, a better social fabric, and somehow.. enjoyment.

People didn't have as nice a cars as they do now. Way back when, people walked to work. Or they rode a horse. And I bet the commute was actually less than it is now! You tell me what's really horseshit!

If buying and consuming is everything, then why do donations, volunteering, and goodwill exist? Why do smiles exist if they are not required to make a purchase?

[Article] Careers of Moochers in Society

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