I Hate My Job…And So Do You

In late October 2011 a very telling Gallup poll was released in regards to the state of American workers. In it, the Gallup poll revealed that 71% of American workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at their jobs. Though this is hardly a shocker for the common worker, what this poll does provide us with is the official validation of what we have known all our adult lives and that is, work sucks. With the overwhelming number U.S. employment being low wage service sector jobs, it is hardly a mystery to why workers feel this way? How “engaged” can one actually be from behind the cash register? Or from behind a cubical for that matter, spending day after day staring into a computer screen punching in numbers. As for myself, in regards to those who are “actively disengaged”, I have stopped being surprised at bad customer service. Bad customer service is to be expected when a 20 hour a week employee is given a 40 hour a week work load for minimum wage. Furthermore according to another, separate, Gallup poll “American workers who are emotionally disconnected from their work and workplace — known as “actively disengaged” workers — rate their lives more poorly than do those who are unemployed.” (Gallup poll by Jim Harter and Sangeeta Agrawal)

Once again this should not be shocking because to be unemployed and struggling is one thing. But to have a job and still be struggling is a completely different class of its own. The issue at hand is not a matter of laziness but lack of purpose at the work place. Day after day we enter the daily grind of work but for what?  Every day is the same, wake up, go to work, go home, go to sleep. Take that and combine it with the lack of work place autonomy and low wages and what you get is not just an unhappy worker but a very unhappy human being. Society is long overdue of a reevaluation of what it means to work, how work should be approached and if work, as traditionally practiced, is  even necessary at this junction in time (hint, Resource Based Economy) but one thing for certain is that 72% of the working population knows that something is wrong in regards to work. The question is what will we do about it?

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In The $ We Trust: The Bastardization Of Easter And Other Chirstian Holidays

Tomorrow morning children and adults alike, all over the country, will be engaging in numerous activities celebrating the Easter holiday. At this very moment retail stores everywhere are filled with customers doing their last minute shopping for colorful eggs, candy, accessories, decorations, bunny rabbit masks and costumes. But wait, shouldn’t these people be shopping for crosses, bibles, and other Christian decorations and accessories. Unless I am mistaken, Easter is supposed to be the day of celebration for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In essence Easter is a very serious day, for the entire Christian faith stands upon the resurrection of Jesus. As stated in 1 Corinthians 15:14And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”.  With this said, I fail to see what a bunny rabbit carrying a basket full of multicolored eggs and candy have anything to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Apparently when it comes to the Great All Mighty, dollar that is, nothing is sacred. While the Easter bunny may be carrying a basket full of eggs on Sunday, Monday he will be walking away with a basket full of money. About $16.8 billion to be exact, that is the estimated projection of sales according to the National Retail Federation (NFR).

“Though the price of gas is on everyone’s mind, Easter is one of the few holidays some consumers are willing to stretch their budgets, especially because many children look forward to treats and new outfits on Easter morning,”….. “Retailers will make sure to offer plenty of promotions on candy, apparel, food and decorations in the coming weeks for eager holiday shoppers.”        – NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay

It is quite sad to see that what was once a holly day to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus has been reduced to a pointless holiday which has no base in value other than to fatten the pockets of retail stores.

Easter isn’t the only Christian holiday to have been bastardized for the sake of the all mighty dollar. When it comes to this, Christmas takes the cake as the biggest cash cow. Christmas combined with Thanksgiving took home $471.5 billion in 2011 (for those who don’t know Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday, do you homework). But the most disrespectful bastardization of a Christian holiday without a doubt has to be St. Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain where he would be captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. After six years St. Patrick escaped from his masters and returned to Roman Britain where he would then join the Roman Catholic Church. After becoming an ordained Bishop, St. Patrick returned to the land of his masters where he would preach the gospel becoming a patron saint of Ireland. March 17, 493 a.d. marks the date of death for St. Patrick and it is on this day that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. If one takes the time to look more deeply into St. Patrick you will find that he is a man worth celebrating, especially if you are Christian. He is the ultimate example, next to Jesus, of forgiving and loving your enemy. How then is such an man so honorable as he celebrated around the world? By getting as drunk as you possibly can. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best days for alcohol sales pulling in $4.55 billion this year.

(1 Timothy 6:10) “For the love of money is the root of all evil”, how true.