On laziness

There is a lot going on in the media right now about people not working as much as they should (Știrile PRO TV does this a lot). Other people try to explain why does this happen.

My view on the matter:

  • Laziness is not a solution. Even if you don’t earn a lot of money, in most of the cases, by working you get more money than what you get when you stay at home.
  • Even if you get the same payment when you work vs. when you stay at home, there are other advantages which make working a better deal.
  • Working overseas is a solution. Staying at home and using money from the State for a living is not worthwhile.
  • People assume that their salary will be the same as years pass by. But there are solutions for a better education / better skills / more experience, so, as time passes by, they could get more qualified (and, hence, better paid) jobs. When evaluating “how much I earn while staying at home VS how much I earn when going to a workplace” people tend to forget that time generally gets bigger salaries, for the qualified people.
  • Working gives you ideas, things start rolling. You are in a position where opportunities appear. Connections, new ideas, new opportunities – you are likely to get more of these at the job than watching TV at a local tavern.
  • You should not work “hard”, but “smart”. Most jobs are similar, but, still, you can find gold in an empty field. There still are some jobs which are different than others, and you can use this to your advantage.
  • On another hand, while finding shortcuts is a positive thing, finding shortcuts so much that you don’t do any work at all, and have no other revenue than what the State has to offer you is a not-so-positive thing.
  • “I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.” (Coleman Cox) Once you start moving, ideas tend to roll. It’s a positive spiral.
  • Once, I’ve met on a train a man. He was working as a baker, he was making bread. Very poor salary, he worked very hard for low pay. His wife stayed at home. I don’t remember very well, they might have had a child. They were raising lots of animals. He was taking care of his family via work both at home and at work. He impressed me a lot.
  • I don’t think that most people who stay at home are lazy. Most of them are engaged in some activity, even at home. I do think that the work conditions are hard, and payment is low. Now, that we have Western societies to compare with, the payment seems even smaller. But I do think that at least some of the people living on State’s mercy could get a job and their future, and the country’s future would be better.
  • Working conditions for people without skills and qualifications are very very hard. But I don’t think that waiting for others to save you is easy, either.
  • If you don’t think about yourself (“Despite all that you’ve said here, I still don’t think working is a good idea”), think about your community and country (other people work so that you don’t have to; I don’t consider this to be fair).
Franklin Hunting – Working, https://flic.kr/p/o4dX8e

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