Two opposing desires exist in each of us, to some degree; the desire to rise to a challenge, and the desire to do as little as possible. Some of us know what it feels like to work from the time we wake up until the day is through, sleeping as few hours as we can so we can hit it hard again first thing in the morning. Others are familiar with the habit of doing nothing or next to it, spending all day avoiding challenges the rest of us don’t even consider all that challenging. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #060 – Making Life Hard Makes Life Easier!”
Of all the popular archetypes in storytelling, one stands out as being the most popular with the most people. Almost everyone loves a good ‘rags-to-riches’ tale for some reason, even when they know the first few chapters might be a little hard to stomach. In fact, that makes it a better story; the worse the tragedy, the more vindicating the success. Whether it’s a spiritual tale or a love story or an actual poverty to providence example, the heights reached by the hero in the end are made more sweet when we remember the depths they plumbed in the beginning. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #059 – Tragedy Brings Out The Best In Some Of Us!”
That old quote we have all heard may be sexist, in that it excludes all those genders that aren’t men; but even if we change ‘all men are created equal’ to ‘all people are created equal’, we still don’t get any closer to the truth. We each have unique DNA that gives us certain advantages and disadvantages right out of the gate, we each get raised in an environment that is not duplicated exactly even for siblings reared in the same household, and we all live in a world where what country you are born in says a lot about your options.
Does that sound like equality to you? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #058 – Equality Creates Inequality!”
In days of old, when knights were bold; and minimum wage was not invented. You worked for free, to learn a trade; and joblessness was prevented.
Yeah, I know that isn’t how it goes; but that is sort of how it used to be. People had lots of kids to work the family farm or business, and those that wanted to pursue another life went off and sought out an apprenticeship. Sometimes folks had to pay to learn from a professional, but a lot of times they were able to work at a reduced wage or no wage until they had developed a skill set of their own. At that point they could become an employee, and start to receive a decent wage; or they could open their own business and do more work for a bigger share. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #057 – Minimum Wage Prevents Entry Into The Job Market!”
Unless you count my artistic and business efforts, I’ve only worked for minimum wage one time in my life. I also only belonged to a union once, at the same job. After union dues came out of my check each week, you can technically say I was making less than minimum wage thanks to the union I was required to join if I wanted the job. Once they took taxes out of it, that was a miserable paycheck indeed. What I didn’t realize back then was that I wasn’t accounting for inflation, or how it was affecting my ability to earn and save. I was just happy to see minimum wage jump from $3.35 to $3.80 not long after I got the job, which resulted in a nice little bump in my weekly allowance.
Yeah, I’ve been around awhile. So what? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #056 – Minimum Wage Trails Inflation By A Mile!”
This past year was an awful lot of fun for me, as far as the whole blog thing goes. On those mornings when I woke up wondering why we all had to live with the threat of nuclear annihilation or meteor impacts or climate shifts that make our planet unlivable, I just cracked open the laptop and started writing. Somewhere around the middle of the year I started thinking maybe I wouldn’t stop doing this when 2017 ended, but I still loosely planned to begin a whole new series of blog posts this year.
Then I thought about it, from another angle. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #055 – I’m going to keep doing this!”
Many of these posts are universal in nature, or at least global; but when I get specific while staying general I keep the conversation centered on the United States. That’s where I live, after all; and where nearly my whole life has taken place. The issues here are a little more close to home for me, simply because this is where I was born and where I continue to live. Since I have more field experience here than anywhere else, I’m more familiar with what’s going on in what most folks call America.
So it is with minimum wage. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #054 – Business Owners Have No Minimum Wage!”
Politics have never really interested me, since I never wanted to be a politician. It was pretty clear to me when I was a kid that I would have to spend all day every day updating my knowledge of the country and the world just to stay informed enough to do a job like that. Even then, the difference between information and opinion gets pretty blurred on nearly every issue; figuring out if what you learned was the truth or a lie or a cleverly crafted half-truth would also take all day every day, and that means no time to learn that information in the first place. Also, it turns out many politicians have to spend pretty much all day raising money; so that leaves no time for either practice. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #053 – Everyone’s day is twenty-four hours!”
Somehow, someone decided to figure out a way to count how many thoughts a person had in a day. After that, a bunch of people like me started spouting the numbers that had been reported; and some of us had some pretty wild theories to tack onto those numbers.
The first time I heard there was a pharmaceutical version of heroin, I was pretty sure the person telling me so was exaggerating at least a little. Heroin has always gotten such a bad rap, for being so addictive and notorious for turning the people who use it regularly into junkies; even if they have a medical version of it, they must use it super sparingly.