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Anonymous
Are you happy at the bottom?
by Anonymous
November 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I keep seeing all of these posts about how its unfair that powerful, educated people who innovate make more money than unskilled laborers. 

Isn't this America, the land of opportunity? Don't they let anyone over 18 with a hs diploma or ged into community college? The bottom rungs of the ladder that you need to climb are accessible to all. There may be obstacles along the way, but most everyone COULD climb if they wanted to. 

You lacking the ambition to get to the top doesn't mean we should punish those who do. Those who climb generally deserve the rewards that come with the climb. 

So if you have your diploma or GED and are sad with your current wages, why are you not climbing? Do you not want a better life? Are you happy where you are? 

Replies

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 at 9:23 AM
    I am not. Which is why I am working two jobs and getting my masters degree.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    no im not happy were i am , thats why i started my own business last month and its doing great , i will be able to quit my regular job very soon

  • UgtaBkdnMe
    November 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Because people are fucking lazy.

  • mom_3.0
    by mom_3.0
    November 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM
    I think I love you. I have the exact same opinion & have been saying that for years.
  • SlightlyPerfect
    November 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    It's not just money, though.

    People who are successful often had opportunities those raised in poverty didn't have access to. Now, my dad was born into poverty, pulled himself out of it, and is now quite wealthy. Other (Most?) people do not. Conversely, other people who are in that same income bracket as my father are trust-fund babies or they made some nice investing decisions back in the day.

    The issue I take with your post is that you seem to define success by how much money one makes, not how one makes money. I'll agree with you that I've also had enough of people's bitching and whining, but I can understand their frustration when they discuss how skewed and unjust the system is. The economy is broken., Yeah, you can still succeed in a broken economy, but it's going to be that much more frustrating of a process.

    But claiming people are "lazy" or that they "feel entitled" is just really oversimplifying the issue. We do have a labor force here. We do have people that want to work.

  • MommyAddie
    November 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM
    I was miserable on the bottom, after my divorce. I got my GED (at age 31), thought long and hard about how much money I wanted to be able to make, researched careers with that potential, picked one (court reporter) and researched some more to make sure it was a growing field (I can use my skill in a few different ways, not just sitting in the courtroom), then went to school and did what it took to become what I wanted to be.

    I had no car, no job and I was one step above being homeless when I went back to school. I also had 2 kids. No excuses.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    i want to start school, but theres literally no time. i work full time, and im a single mom who gets no child support. yes, i can take my core classes online, but what do i do when i have done those, and actually have to attend? im not upset by those who are doing well. im bummed im not, but you know....it will happen eventually.  IF the ecoomy gets better. im not gonna take out loans for a degree im not gonna use. thats what MANY people are experiencing now. college degrees and working fast food

  • Dzyre1115
    November 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

     College is not for everyone.....you can't pigeon hole people into jobs that are, "better", but make the person miserable. 

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    What field are you interested in? Health professions and the sciences seem to be the only fields that don't have online degree programs. 

    Even if something like nursing is your first choice, do you think you could be happy with a different profession? Something like a business degree can be used in most every field. 

    Quoting Anonymous:

    i want to start school, but theres literally no time. i work full time, and im a single mom who gets no child support. yes, i can take my core classes online, but what do i do when i have done those, and actually have to attend? im not upset by those who are doing well. im bummed im not, but you know....it will happen eventually.  IF the ecoomy gets better. im not gonna take out loans for a degree im not gonna use. thats what MANY people are experiencing now. college degrees and working fast food


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM
    I don't think opportunities are accessible to everyone. The majority of people can work really hard and and make some progress up the ladder, but there are other people that just have no chance.

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