I have written before about humans having to fill the time between birth and death. Sleeping takes up about one third, with standing in lines, eating, socializing, complaining, staring at a television, playing video games, etc. using some of the rest. Working at some job has been a major component of human life, for those lucky enough to have one. Pay has been an issue, but that is not what I talking about here.
Those with money want more and want to share less with those without. Why else would most corporations seek labor-saving methods or move jobs to low-wage countries? More and more jobs are being automated. Most automobiles are now made by robots, with humans adding finishing touches. Machines do not demand wages, health care, or pensions. No machine demands a toilet break, rest break, or lunch break. They do not strike or call in sick. They make no demands. If amazon could, they would have no humans working for the company.
So, my point is: what will people do in the future to keep busy from birth until death if there are no more jobs? How will they earn money for food, clothes, and rent? Where will they get the money to buy the products made by machines? I wonder if the wealthy think about this as they destroy jobs, accumulate ever-greater shares of the world’s wealth, and hide out in gated communities.
(Once again, I am not a communist, merely someone with plenty of time to think...)
Here’s another view:
The battle to widen the gulf between rich and poor and destroy The United States of America (as foreseen by the Founding Fathers and encapsulated in the American Dream) continues to rage.
Have you noticed how certain highly paid newsreaders and commentators--who "work" one hour a day reading words written by someone else from a teleprompter, while receiving instructions through an earpiece--criticize teachers for earning too much and only working nines months per year? Their writers have even managed to put words in their mouths comparing average teacher salaries to the average wage of all workers. They don't mention that the average wage has fallen, as workers migrate from good-paying industry jobs to serving hamburgers, tacos, and coffee (managed by the same folks that are going after teachers). I guess Americans want to have their children taught by teachers earning minimum wage. That's the way it's headed.
Opinion: There are good teachers, and there are mediocre teachers. There are hard workers, and there lazy ones. There are conscientious ones and just-get-by one. But you will find such a mix in any field and in any organization. Teachers must show up for work each day in deteriorating classrooms and face unruly students, who are rarely taught manners or discipline at home.
It's amazing to what ends greedy people will go to avoid paying a bit of tax for adequate services. I guess that these shameless people do not care, because the money saved on taxes can be spent on private schools.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.