I have come to the conclusion that 90% of the workforce is committing prostitution. This is why:
How many people out there are doing things they wouldn’t ordinarily do for a company they don’t even care about or believe in? I bet most people are in this situation. They keep doing things they hate because it’s the only way to survive, that is, to get enough money to be able to pay rent or mortgage and feed their families. I bet 90% of people wouldn’t be doing these jobs if they didn’t have to.
If you work for McDonald’s, do you really believe in the company? Do you care about the company? Do you really think that obeying orders from a boss is doing any good for humanity? Or is it only supporting and upholding a bad idea?
I worked from May through January for Nordstrom. Did I believe in these overpriced products and hideous-looking designer clothing? Did I support people spending thousands on useless things like earrings? Yes, people really did blow thousands on these items that don’t do anything except show off what an elitist snob you are.
A few of these items, very few, served a practical purpose. We sold really good, warm down jackets. Overpriced? Yes. I can’t recall the brand but these were all the rage from around December 1st until I quit. Would you really spend $600 on a winter jacket? I bought a great one from EBay a few winters ago. I had to toss it in the wash as soon as it arrived but all the stains and stink came out of it and it was as good as new. I believe I paid under $30 for it.
People were paying $700 or more for a baby stroller. The purchased wedding clothes that they wore once, then, returned. Yes, people did that all the time. The company resold these items. I never understood why they didn’t inspect them before sending them out. When I first took a call from a distraught customer who told me she wanted some really fancy shoes to give to a relative as a gift, she chose Nordstrom because she figured she’d get something top quality. The shoes arrived. Used shoes! The first time I took the call I thought the leather might have been “distressed,” which is style, and the “in” thing these days. Pay extra for the vintage look! Actually, as I continued to get identical calls from very upset customers who received used shoes, used dresses, etc, I realized what was going on.
I did not, for one minute, believe in the company. One of their mottoes is “Customer obsessed.” This isn’t true. Obsessed with ripping people off, I’d say.
I have nothing against Nordstrom employees. People need jobs, so they will take anything they can get. They were prostitutes just like I was, toiling away for a cause they did not believe in or care about.
Is most work like that? I think so. In my job I just quit, just about everyone there hated it. No one wanted to be there. The management didn’t care about the human side of the job, didn’t care that some of us truly went the extra mile to help customers. Why? Because what we were doing wasn’t bringing in money for the company. The real meaningful things we did were overlooked. They had rules about the trivia that didn’t even matter. You cannot measure human compassion and caring, so that fell by the wayside. They made the work incredibly repetitive by insisting we stick to the script. To the last letter. If we changed it, even by one word that didn’t matter, we got chastised. During my last week there I got chewed out for spending five seconds taking a drink of water, which I desperately needed. This isn’t good for humanity. It was prostitution.
Are there any jobs out there that aren’t prostitution? I am thinking teaching would be great, but I know teachers who have to kiss ass to administrators they do not like, follow policies they don’t believe in, and furthermore, they don’t have any say in how the workplace is run. They have to follow policies that are harmful to students, and if they speak out against these policies they get canned or are forced to resign.
I’d like to have a job working for a company I really believe in, a job where I have a say in what goes on and can contribute my ideas. I’d like to be able to be taken seriously if I point out that a rule or policy is illogical and needs to change. Rules and hyper-rigidity are for people who cannot think for themselves. If we would only open our eyes and all behaved ethically and kindly, there would be no need for useless and excessive rules and policies.
Sadly, most people out there aren’t like me. They focus on obeying those in power and get brownie points for doing so. They get rewarded and earn “bonuses” for being obedient. This is outright wrong, wrong, wrong, but sadly, this is what I am up against.
No wonder I was so scared about working when I was a college student. Work then was prostitution, too. Now I know why I didn’t fit in. I’m proud that I didn’t fit in, actually. I did fine in academic circles, though. Maybe that’s where I need to go.
I need to do something to change the world, but I do not know how. I tried the anthology idea and it flopped. Maybe I need to make tons of money and then, take an entire year off to write.
Writing is the one thing I can do, that I have never stopped doing, and right now it seems like the only truly helpful thing I do. I know in my heart that I do help others (as I am doing currently) but if I don’t resort to prostitution (doing meaningless work for companies I do not believe in), how can I pay the bills?