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henry quirk
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Posted 10/14/10 - 1:53 PM:
Subject: In Praise of Quitting Your Job
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Posted 10/19/10 - 2:07 PM:

when i first got out of high school, i used to go through jobs like water. my parents were like "what are you doing?? no one says you actually have to *like* your job, you just have to *do* it." it was such a tragic perspective. along the way, amidst work experience in virtually every field you can think of (childcare, restaurant industry, retail, accounting, etc) i made the decision never to work a corporate job ever again. the corporations i've worked for have been heinous work environments, talk about killing your soul. this article reminded me of that.
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Posted 10/19/10 - 4:06 PM:

I have no doubt some folks (maybe even most folks) work well, and can even thrive, in a '9 to 5, somebody else's rules' environment.

I'm not one of them...that's why the piece struck me like a (soft) hammer across the forehead.
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Posted 10/22/10 - 1:27 AM:

yeah, corporations are killing. Conformity. Restriction. Suppression. The Bottom Line. Also, dispassion, disconnection, apathy, disinterest. Really, you gonna look back at your life and say "yeah, I helped write some code that helped make one part of one element of that banking system work slightly more efficiently" and be PROUD of that? Is that a life fulfilled?? You gonna tell that to your grandkids with pride? Yeah right. The fact is, you won't ever speak of your 'job' because it is 'just a job' and has no connection whatsoever to the person you feel you are at heart.

I don't believe humans ought to have any 'job' except living well. And that means much more personal responsibility and involvment in acquiring basic needs. But alas, convenience is why most of us are far, far removed from even the simple experience of growing our own vegetables. In then end, this distance proves to be another avenue for the PTB to control us...

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henry quirk
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Posted 10/22/10 - 9:14 AM:

I agree, Monk, but, let's be honest: the corp-suits (like the politicians) can only do to you and me what we each allow.

If Suckyoursoul Corp (nothing but a collection of suits) offers xyz widget with the promise that the product will 'new and improve' your life, it's on you that you buy it (and the promise).

The burden, the blame, rests solely on the individual who -- by way of laziness, weakness, stupidity -- hands him- or her-'self' over for physical and esoteric comfort.

My point: it's easy to blame the 'other guy' (the politician, the corp-suit) but when do folks look in the mirror at the real villains?
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Posted 12/02/11 - 10:14 AM:

As much as I would like to agree with you, Henry, in the name of some ideal of freedom...I also know people can often find themselves stuck in certain situations
It's easy to say that's never the case when it's never been the case for you
henry quirk
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Posted 12/02/11 - 10:29 AM:

"...ideal of freedom..."

Freedom is a fiction; ideals are for chumps.

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"...people can often find themselves stuck in certain situations..."

Largely of their own making, in my estimation.

Each, for the most part, gets exactly what he or she deserves.

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"It's easy to say that's never the case when it's never been the case for you"

As you don't know 'me': the above is an empty assessment.

More generally: 'ease' has nuthin to do with nuthin.

Living (as 'self'-possessed) is not 'easy'...choosing (for one's self) is not 'easy'.

What's 'easy' is going along to get along.
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Posted 12/02/11 - 12:15 PM:

henry quirk wrote:
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What's 'easy' is going along to get along.


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Posted 12/02/11 - 3:37 PM:

A Job can be considered in different ways, I would like to address 2 of them, the task itself and the environment where that task is preformed. I have had several jobs where I really enjoyed the task and could have done it from now on, but the environment got in the way. With teaching I did not enjoy the task or the environment but the degree opened doors for me. I was a draftsman, a machine opperator (Lathes, mills, drill presses), a Zoning officer, and owned a hobby shop. The Hobby Shop ended for lack of business, the others I could not stand the environment, except the last job in a Machine shop where the work I was doing went away so there was nothing for me to do. From what I'm reading on this thread it seems that the environment is the major cause for dissatisfaction with a job, Indeed 'Office Politics' is a serious problem for most people. My current 'Job' doesn't involve any of that, taking care of the grandchildren, I like the job and the environment.
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Posted 12/04/11 - 1:52 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
when i first got out of high school, i used to go through jobs like water. my parents were like "what are you doing?? no one says you actually have to *like* your job, you just have to *do* it." it was such a tragic perspective. along the way, amidst work experience in virtually every field you can think of (childcare, restaurant industry, retail, accounting, etc) i made the decision never to work a corporate job ever again. the corporations i've worked for have been heinous work environments, talk about killing your soul. this article reminded me of that.


I cant agree more.
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Posted 03/23/12 - 12:40 AM:

Thoughtsarethings
hen i first got out of high school, i used to go through jobs like water. my parents were like "what are you doing?? no one says you actually have to *like* your job, you just have to *do* it." it was such a tragic perspective. along the way, amidst work experience in virtually every field you can think of (childcare, restaurant industry, retail, accounting, etc) i made the decision never to work a corporate job ever again. the corporations i've worked for have been heinous work environments, talk about killing your soul. this article reminded me of that. wrote:



I cant agree more.


so very true, they are like child molesters,
they want some one who is dumb enough to be abused,


low self esteem enough to stay quiet about it.

but smart enough to do the job.

Crap no wonder i used to smoke so much pot befor i got wisdom about life, i was medicating my self from corperate abuse.

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Edited by Soft Wind on 03/23/12 - 12:50 AM
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Posted 04/17/12 - 4:37 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
when i first got out of high school, i used to go through jobs like water. my parents were like "what are you doing?? no one says you actually have to *like* your job, you just have to *do* it." it was such a tragic perspective. along the way, amidst work experience in virtually every field you can think of (childcare, restaurant industry, retail, accounting, etc) i made the decision never to work a corporate job ever again. the corporations i've worked for have been heinous work environments, talk about killing your soul. this article reminded me of that.


I've been through similar experiences myself. This article is fantastic and I wish I had read it a few years ago when I was still stuck in corporate hell; it would have helped clarify quite a bit for me.

It's a shame there's nobody to explain this sort of thing to you when you're young. Then again, I suppose the only way to learn is to go through the experience yourself.
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Posted 04/18/12 - 8:30 AM:

"...I suppose the only way to learn is to go through the experience yourself."

Exactly.

My nephew is in the tree-climbing stage and always begs for a boost. I tell him 'most things have to be done alone.' I tell him 'I can show you how to climb, can boost you up the tree to limbs you aren't ready for, but I won't 'cause then how will you learn to climb for yourself, in your own way?'

Fundamentally: some folks can and do self-employ and others can't and don't. Each must figure it out for him- or her-self.
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