Quote from dbihl
I am interested in the motivation and/or lak of motivation of the generations since the 70's. Why is it that young people have no drive. Our grandfathers would carry a dumptruck full of dirt shovel by shovel. Why is our society so apethetic despite capitalism?
Hm....well, one thing I know is "what comes around goes around". My grandparents' generation was one where you worked for a single company your whole life. They took care of you and you remained loyal to them.
Now, a company will fire you because someone "doesn't like you". That's what happened to me. The company I work for owes me nothing. I, in turn, owe them nothing. End of story.
Another thing is that there are no guarantees in life. I spend tens of thousands of dollars playing the med-school lottery. I didn't get in. Now I'm in debt, debt, debt and have nothing to show for it. Believe me, I worked hard. My pre-req GPA is a 4.0. So what's my motivation to work hard and be ambitious if it gets me nothing? If what it comes down to is working hard AND being in the right place at the right time?
The dollar is becoming a lesser value. It's getting harder and harder to make it on any salary. I remember a delivery guy that used to pick up our backup tapes. He was in his early 60s I think. He told me the first house he bought, he got for $30K and paid for it with money he made delivering pizzas. For $30K you can't even get a college education.
I think it's pathetic that I have a college education, a full time job with benefits, and yet I cannot afford my own healthcare. How insane is that?
I'm so, so, so tired of politics. I'm not going to debate liberal vs. conservative. It doesn't matter. They both are horrendously bad choices. We don't have a true democracy. I'm left with choosing dumb and dumber. People frequently point out how horribly corrupt FOREIGN governments are, without noticing how corrupt our own government is. No matter which side you are on, you have to realize that our country is run by "C" students. Average.
We are a wasteful, prideful nation. I feel as if, no matter how hard I work, I will never get ahead, and will never reach the level of financial comfort my own parents have. You can argue that I CAN achieve it, but I say that it's still a matter of being lucky in being in the right place at the right time. There's no motivation for that.