Saturday, March 13, 2010
Married Single Moms And The Work Affair
Lots of people, wage slaves, complain about their *work* - contemptible bosses, long hours, unfair compensation, boredom, travel, etc.
But we know dozens of people out here on Boston's South Shore, financial types, salespeople, and consultants, who have some real brutal work schedules. My wife may be on the train before 6am each morning, but she gets home usually by 6:30pm, she's permitted to work Fridays from home, and travels only once per every two months. And even then, her travel is to nearby Manhattan or New Jersey - and sometimes only day-trips on the *Shuttle*.
I know a few people who regularly have to go to China, India, or South Africa for 7-10 days at a time. As far as I'm concerned, that's gotta really suck, not just for the worker, but especially for the abandoned spouse and children at home.
Recently I heard the worst gig yet. One of my wife's friends, her husband is on a 6 month contract on the west coast. Throughout this period, he's only going to be home ONE WEEKEND PER MONTH. Ouch!
Note they have two small children, just like we do.
Why do people live like this? For money?
I don't think that's entirely true. I think the reason is inertia and pure ignorance. People get sucked into career paths like these and just keep on chugging. They work so much they haven't any time or energy to contemplate the boundaries of their wasted lives. If they're going to work that hard and sacrifice so much there ought to be a long-term exit strategy.
One of the things that kills me it the effort disparity between wage slavery and parenting. These Morons will spend 40,50, or 60 hours a week slaving for *the man* and Big Government. Yet they won't so much as spend one hour per week *working* on the education of their children. Merely offer them a book to read on schooling and they stiff arm, "I'm not interested."