We live in a world where instant gratification is almost expected. But there is another side of that coin too. A world where others struggle every day of their lives not knowing if they will go hungry or if they will have to choose between feeding one child over another. I’m seeing a world through different eyes and it is scary. To think one day the norm may be for us to be hungry or starving, or be forced out of our home into the street because we have nowhere else to go, is an alarming prospect. And yet hundreds even thousands are in this situation every day. I’m not there yet, but I could be.
It is shocking to think that after 33 years of solid work, commitment to a company that I could find myself in this situation. Scared for me. Scared for my daughter. A minimum wage job isn’t going to cut it. It won’t keep us off the street or keep us in our home. This fear is real.
My option right now is a minimum wage job working part time. If I’m lucky I’ll clear one thousand dollars a month. WHAT? ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH?!? I’m still applying for other jobs. I’m still praying that someone will see the value of my past experiences and my commitment to working and being dependable and want to hire me into a position which will provide for our needs.
Anxiety is high right now. I feel it roll over me in waves. I’ll do what I have to even if it doesn’t bring in enough money right now. I’ll stand for hours which I’m not used to doing, even if it causes me excruciating pain.
We live in a world where there are thousands of people living far above poverty levels, and many billionaires who probably have no idea what to do with their money. Many would look at me right now and not once think I might be on the verge of losing my house, my car, or not be able to feed ourselves. What we have now is the result of years of earning good pay. What we will have in another year or two, maybe a boot in the pants and a cardboard box to live in.
I’m not alone in this situation. Every year thousands of people lose their jobs for various reasons. Many of them get stuck in a no win situation, where employment insurance doesn’t help them. Where their skills are rated so high no one will consider them for lessor skilled positions.
I’m angry. I’m angry because there isn’t a single job that is more important than the rest. There isn’t a single position that has any more value than the rest. I know there are hundreds of people who will disagree with me and say hey, what about those jobs that require a college degree compared to the job at the local fast food store that doesn’t require a degree? Well, I’m here to tell you none of them are more important than the rest.
Many people think the amount they get paid is tied directly in with how much value that job has in this world. So, if you get paid more for doing it then it must be more important than that job that earns minimum wage. Well, I’m here to tell you that is hogwash.
Tell me, does a CEO of a corporation perform a higher function than a janitorial service personnel? The CEO cleans out the rubbish pile at the top of the corporation while the janitorial service personnel cleans out the physical garbage left behind from his activities. If the janitorial services did not provide this function then the CEO would be neck deep in his own garbage. This of course is metaphorical (to some extent) but it is in essence true. Who would want to walk into an office building that hasn’t been cleaned for over a month, including bathrooms and breakrooms? Can a corporations survive without a CEO, well possibly, depends on how well those in the next levels of management know about running the company. I’ve seen companies run rather well without a CEO for months before a new one was brought in. But if you get down into the lower levels, where those who work and develop the services or products that are being sold, if their whole department would one day disappear, would the company survive? Most likely not unless they miraculously pulled together another group of people who could step on in. Even so there would be a sudden cessation of services/products until they got up to speed. Then the quality of the services/products might come into question.
When that big CEO man/woman suddenly wants a latte and their machine in their high corporate offices has broken down, you will suddenly discover them or someone from their office at the local café serving up their much needed caffeine fix so they can start their day. Don’t tell me that for that one moment the person providing the latte wasn’t considered a value as high as the CEO in that very moment.
Our world is run archaically. It runs on a value system that there are jobs and people who are of lessor value and therefore deserve lessor pay. I’m here to disagree with that perception. A mother stays home after giving birth to their child and gets no pay at all. But if we go by the value system, her job is of the most valued of all because she is raising a child that could one day serve the world in various capacities, including that of President, or Prime Minister or CEO and yet we expect her mother, her father to raise her or him without being paid for that job. In some cases, we expect them to be able to do so on minimum wage earning barely enough to feed themselves and a child.
Our world is out of balance and until balance is achieved we will see fluctuations in every area of life we live in. We’ll see it in the business world where people are overpaid and others are under paid. We’ll see it in children’s education where some receive higher education while others do not and may not receive any education at all. We will see it in the care of those who are in need, whether they are elderly, or young, disabled or in a medical crisis. Help is given to those who have the money to pay for it. That is the way this world works.
I have been part of and seen so many things over the past three years which makes no sense. While one person is able to get the assistance they need and another is not. Where a person can feel on the verge of losing their mind because there seems to be no other options and are left to just live by the means she can just scrape by and hope it is enough. I’ve seen people dying because the medical industry sees only one way for treatment because it is dictated by the medical industry and there is no joint cooperation between mainstream medicine and alternative medicine. If someone wants to seek alternative medicine then they better have the big bucks to pay for it.
Money creates the walls. It maintains the imbalance in our society. It feeds and nurtures the billionaires and starves and bitch slaps the poor.
We need to look beyond the walls of our confinement. We need to realize there is more than enough to go around if we all work together to make that happen. But most of all, we need to revamp our old archaic systems that no longer serve us.
As long as we continue to live in this way, we are not human beings, we are parasites. We take what we want to survive and discard anything that doesn’t regardless of the impact it has on the environment or world around us. A parasite will feed upon its host until the host dies. We are killing the only thing that sustains us, mother earth. When she dies, we will have nothing and we too will die and there will be no more doubt about whether we are parasites or we are human.