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    (Original post by FightToWin)
    Don't normally post deep topics like this on here but this has been plaguing my mind recently.

    I've been forced out of my last two jobs, jobs in an airport which I really enjoyed. It was a learning curve, I made a couple of mistakes, not going to lie, didn't lose the company any money at all but they acted like I had and were quite happy to chuck a 19-20 year old out of his job to fend for himself and I'm still not back on my feet yet (not on benefits before anyone assumes). Working in an airport in one of the better jobs I've met all different levels of work, from the top management of the company to the people sitting in one of the airport shops waiting for customers for hours. Having seen that, and having a lot more time to myself now, is really making me think that we're just messed up.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not saying any of this in a negative "I'm depressed, life sucks, I just want it to be over" way, I think this world is amazing. I encourage everyone to travel, to just get out of normality for a bit and try something new, go to new places, make new memories, that for me is the whole purpose of life, to try everything it has to offer. But how can we when if you're in a job that pays your bills and feeds your family and that's pretty much it is a good job, and when you're only given enough holiday to go one place a year? You won't scratch the surface of this world with that.

    The people who own the companies you work for make millions upon millions of profit for the work YOU'VE done, how YOU have helped the customer to keep revenue up. No one spends millions upon millions in their life. It just sits there in their bank, so they can say "I've done well." The managers of the companies make stacks as well, but they work 70+ hours a week, so they can go home to a nice house in a nice car, eat and go to bed and get up early for work the next day. How is this "living"?

    I've gone to thinking that the nicest, most kind-hearted people who realise how good life is and how it needs to be lived, are the ones who don't get to live how they want to and give up eventually because they refuse to join in this pursuit of giving up their life for money. I'm probably wrong by saying the people who ARE in this endless pursuit know they have the power to cause real good in this world, by helping the people who have got them to that stage, by sharing what they won't use and giving them the time to live an amazing life outside of work, but they won't due to.. selfishness? Greed? Yeah, I'm probably wrong, but having been chucked out into the streets twice now before I turn 21 I'm yet to see any of this.

    This includes celebrities as well. Money is a status symbol to these people, and that's it. It's all down to who you know and how rich your parents are, that decides who is in the 1% that owns 99% of the world's finances.

    And I can tell now, that the responses I have got and will get from this view is, "that's how it is and how it always will be. Nothing you can do. That's life". Well in that case, I hope something very soon makes us all extinct.

    But yeah. Rant/thought process over. Anyone agree?

    tldr; We're screwed.
    first of all well done on your positive attitude to the bad shizz that happened to you. many people would have crumbled into dust.
    our species is severely dysfunctional & will not survive much longer imho. hopefully in a few billion years a less appalling version will emerge & learn from our mistakes.
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    (Original post by FightToWin)
    Don't normally post deep topics like this on here but this has been plaguing my mind recently.

    I've been forced out of my last two jobs, jobs in an airport which I really enjoyed. It was a learning curve, I made a couple of mistakes, not going to lie, didn't lose the company any money at all but they acted like I had and were quite happy to chuck a 19-20 year old out of his job to fend for himself and I'm still not back on my feet yet (not on benefits before anyone assumes). Working in an airport in one of the better jobs I've met all different levels of work, from the top management of the company to the people sitting in one of the airport shops waiting for customers for hours. Having seen that, and having a lot more time to myself now, is really making me think that we're just messed up.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not saying any of this in a negative "I'm depressed, life sucks, I just want it to be over" way, I think this world is amazing. I encourage everyone to travel, to just get out of normality for a bit and try something new, go to new places, make new memories, that for me is the whole purpose of life, to try everything it has to offer. But how can we when if you're in a job that pays your bills and feeds your family and that's pretty much it is a good job, and when you're only given enough holiday to go one place a year? You won't scratch the surface of this world with that.

    The people who own the companies you work for make millions upon millions of profit for the work YOU'VE done, how YOU have helped the customer to keep revenue up. No one spends millions upon millions in their life. It just sits there in their bank, so they can say "I've done well." The managers of the companies make stacks as well, but they work 70+ hours a week, so they can go home to a nice house in a nice car, eat and go to bed and get up early for work the next day. How is this "living"?

    I've gone to thinking that the nicest, most kind-hearted people who realise how good life is and how it needs to be lived, are the ones who don't get to live how they want to and give up eventually because they refuse to join in this pursuit of giving up their life for money. I'm probably wrong by saying the people who ARE in this endless pursuit know they have the power to cause real good in this world, by helping the people who have got them to that stage, by sharing what they won't use and giving them the time to live an amazing life outside of work, but they won't due to.. selfishness? Greed? Yeah, I'm probably wrong, but having been chucked out into the streets twice now before I turn 21 I'm yet to see any of this.

    This includes celebrities as well. Money is a status symbol to these people, and that's it. It's all down to who you know and how rich your parents are, that decides who is in the 1% that owns 99% of the world's finances.

    And I can tell now, that the responses I have got and will get from this view is, "that's how it is and how it always will be. Nothing you can do. That's life". Well in that case, I hope something very soon makes us all extinct.

    But yeah. Rant/thought process over. Anyone agree?

    tldr; We're screwed.

    Really enjoyed reading through that.

    I just saw a bit of a programme that's been on tv recently called 'The Super Rich and Us'. I couldn't watch too much of it as it turned my stomach.

    To quote from the show, it went something like - Britain has more billionaires per head than any other country'. The super rich exploit some loop hole we have in our tax system which makes attractive to them.

    The lope hole was intended for the wealth to filter down to the less wealthy but it hasn't worked. They are instead stock piling our assets like football clubs and property which they will never live in. I'd recommend you watch it on catch-up if you can, I think there's only 2 episodes.

    Something like 85 billionaires hold more wealth between them than half the world's population.

    As you posted this as a faith & spirituality thread I'd like to reply as a Christian, I cant make out if you've got faith in God or not.

    My view of life on earth is that we are here to love God and to love one another. How do we love one another? We help the poor and needy. God tells us “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Its not having money that's the problem, there are many wealthy Christians. It's loving money more than God, putting money first in your life.

    God teaches us 'When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands'. Meaning don't keep all your riches for yourself, share the spoils and be blessed in doing that.

    But the bible also recognises man does his own thing and not what God says is best.

    “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

    The end of this verse is very telling. Where do these people's heart's lie? They are 'this world's' pleasure seekers but in doing so are storing up their wealth for what? They are blind. We are born with nothing in the physical, and we die with nothing in the physical. All we have is the legacy of what we have done for others, to show the very heart of God in other people's lies or not.

    The values of the world are upside down to God's values. I'm not saying earning this huge amount of money hasn't required hard work, it most probably has unless it's inherited. But has that work been of more value than a nurse's contribution to the world, to life? Or a teacher, or a care worker, the list could go on.

    The world without God is blind to the value of life and the real value of money.
 
 
 
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