Originally Posted by DirectOverkill
respect for self awareness. a quality that many people lack nowadays.
I hope you realize that not all people are as lucky as you are.
Looks like you got good educations and good moral values by parents.
I sure hope so. I just try to look at things logically, and I like for people to be responsible for themselves.
Originally Posted by cook
Check out Seth Godin on you tube. According to him, The modern education system is training for a life long robot system, tailored around Ford's factories that have need for people to come in and do a repetitive task for a certain shift of time. It is totally opposite of Human nature and the work conditions deteriorate quickly when the person in charge hates their job. I am not sure what the answer to this situation is, but it is a shame to see a ton of jobs be tossed out the window in the name of efficiency/greed. In America, if you went to college for 8 years to become a IT professional and scored an amazing job with Microsoft and then they shipped your job plus 20,000 other Jobs over to India, you go get a job or start your own small business with your severance package and try to make 50-80% of what you where, until something better opens up. And if you go bankrupt during the process... Oh well. Tis life.
In other countries, you loose your job and go bankrupt, they come after your family - kids, parent, brothers and sisters until the debt is paid.
Their are 2 groups of people supporting the "spread the wealth doctrine".
1. The ones who have nothing, getting something for free seems like a great deal
2. Those who are in political power and know that they will rise to a higher position where they will rule over people and live wealthy lives on the other side of the institutional railroad tracks never having to deal with the lowlife leaches again, which is the opposite of what they preach.
Actually, my friend did just that. Only he just had a 4 year degree, not an 8 year. But he scored a job with Microsoft, and it paid very nicely.
But here's where I have an unending respect for the guy. He was making $28/hr, with a promise of getting a raise to just over $50/hr after a year of working there. He wanted to buy a WRX (had been dreaming about it for years), maybe a house, etc. Heck, he could easily make the monthly payments on just about anything. But instead, he saved. He saved those ginormous monthly paychecks, while still driving around his early 90's Civic. He didn't live anyplace fancy, he didn't go blow his money on alcohol or anything like that. His biggest purchase during that time amounted to a nice computer rig that cost him around $3000.
So when the time came that everyone at that facility was laid off, and suddenly didn't have that monthly $5k paycheck, he was prepared. He didn't get another job for 2 years, but he was able to provide for himself ok (albeit with some very stringent cost-saving measures) because of the savings he had accumulated.
The issues that people have with money all stem from one thing: spending close to, or more than, the amount that they bring home every month. Heck, I have the same problem, and it's gotten me into some financial difficulty as well. It's not easy to resist spending that "extra" money. And then when your income drops, and you've overextended yourself into too much debt, you have to find a way to dig yourself back out again.
Anyway, I feel like I'm getting way off topic here, but I had to share that story after you mentioned Microsoft.