Originally Posted by ogrekilleat
Yeah, I totally agree with those who are saying having a job doesn't make a person a slave.
1) I love having a fulfilling, challenging job as an employee in a really cool industry, and I've also had mindless jobs such as hotel clerk that one doesn't take home at night, and those can be great, too, depending on what you want.
2) I always think it's interesting that people tend to think that everyone should want the same things.
3) A lot of people, particular in rich countries, have really lost sight of the fact that there are real slaves all over the world, who may have been kidnapped or tricked or sold by their families or someone else. We think it's awesome to call people who have choices and dignity ``slaves'', and I think it says a lot about a person's personality when they make the choice to abuse language and diminish real suffering like that.
I've give you number 3. In the same way the word "abuse" gets tossed around and devalued by people these days. Everything is some form of "abuse" these days. It's a bit out of kilter.
But as for 1 and 2...the people Steve (or anybody) is trying to reach with this idea are the one who DO feel so strongly about their situation that the word "slave" could very much describe how they FEEL (not what they ARE, but how they FEEL) about their situation. For example, I relate my experiences in my current job to being in a "prison" even though I KNOW that actual prison is far worse than the live I currently lead.
For people like me, this message rings true and really resonates with me because I KNOW that my TRUE point of action does not involve working for someone else. I'm pretty sure that *I* will be most happy when I create the kind of work I want to do and work for myself. So, for me, the message is very much true.
For people like you, though, the message does not ring true because you are content with your job and your lifestyle in that particular area. I think it would get pretty tedious to have to qualify all his blog posts with "If you are happy with your job, then I'm not talking to you." I know I get annoyed sometimes at having to qualify my posts with things like "this is a generalization" becaust it gets tiring explaining the meaning of a generalization every single time you MAKE a generalization. Boy, that conversation sure gets OLD OLD OLD after a while. lol
So, yeah, my point is that I think most people just ASSUME that they are targetting a specific group of people with this post and OBVIOUSLY are not trying to target EVERYBODY.