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Nalaniel wrote:

We work to be slaves of Capitalism. Most of us seem to be brainwashed by the idea that the harder you work, the better your life will be. There's also the idea of the rich deserving to own such amounts of money, which I disagree with. I know, no system is without flaws, but why support a system whose decadency is reaching its peak?


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Protestant work ethic and the spirit of capitalism.


Max Weber would be proud of you.

Yep. I was really cashed up for a while there and whilst i did save up a fair amount, i really just became an example of "the more you earn, the more you spend"

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Why would people want to work so much? Unless it is for your own business then fair enough but I would much rather have time to myself. At the end of the day, you only live once

Yes, this. I really do feel this way now. Not sure if its just because iam older or becasue i've had a few friends die (die young) but i just feel that time is so important. Limited and precious.
Time is more valuable than money.
I used to work 8-12 hour days an 6 day weeks but hell no, not doing that anymore.
I like work though, as far as money (the obvious) , meet people and i'd be bored if i did not work, but i wont work(much) over time anymore.
I love having long weekends and i chuck lots of sick days these days.

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i work to support my anime addiction ^.^

yeah it is a very expensive addiction.
I used to go nuts with it. Throw in collecting cds and video games and going out and drinking and you really need alot of money.
Had to give alot of that stuff up once i moved out of home and i now earn less also.
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depending on circumstances, being poor in America sucks so some folk be like "nuh uh" and work as hard as they can as long as they can until th possibility of living a sucky life is as far away as possible.
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Because I prefer to have a roof over my head, be able to provide for my family, and not starve?
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Because its all about the money money makes the world go round
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Compared to other nations, the US is a super power because citizens who work bust their asses to achieve astonishing advancement. In addition, Japan works even more crazy hours, and it shows through their technological advancement as well as the cons of working so much such as population declining and may even cut in half by the year 2100.

I work in the IT department at a college and while my pay is considerably less than working in the private sector, I enjoy balancing out work and personal life because I can buy what will make me happy, but I cannot buy back time that I lost to see precious moments.
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I recall this parable, I've heard a Mexican version too.

The Jamaican Fisherman and the Investment Banker (Author Unknown)

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Jamaican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Jamaican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Jamaican replied, “only a little while.”

The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Jamaican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Jamaican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed. “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said. “You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middle-man, you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening up your own cannery. You could control the product, processing, and distribution,” he said. “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Kingston, then Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Jamaican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “Oh, 15 to 20 years or so.”

“But what then?” asked the Jamaican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time was right, you would announce an IPO, and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The American said, “Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your friends.”

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That is brilliant.

But, why do we work so much? A variety of reasons... but it all started because of feminists. I'm not saying that to be a dick, either. When feminists started pushing women into the workplace, it flooded the workforce, lowering wages.... Years later, instead of one income being required for a family, it is two.

Not saying it is wrong for women to work... but that's what threw everything out of wack.
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Because the cost of living is insane in proportion to what we make. If you're an average person, you can't just work 4 days a week and expect to live comfortable and pay off all your bills.
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I work 37.5hours a week. Boss rings up alot to ask if I could do extra shifts to cover the ward, but I always say no. Money aint everything. I live comfortably without doing stupid amount of hours.
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Because the government says so. So in turn, society says so. Unless you're an athlete, artist, or naturally born rich.

There's always prostitution or drug smuggling, but "Americans" don't do that.
Posted 10/3/15
Because it's boring to not have anything to do.
Posted 10/3/15
I'm not all that interested in politics and social justice to be honest.

You'll never work a moment if you're doing something you love. I love what I do so I don't see it as "work".
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Posted 10/7/15
For me A job is a necessary evil. Unfortunately I've hated every job I've had.
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Posted 10/7/15
Because we're the new slaves
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We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like.
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