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m. werneburg, 2016.10.29

Bart Simpson: "Man, working for other people is for chumps!"

Homer Simpson: "Boy, I'm very proud of you. I was twice your age before I figured that out!"

And yet, here most of us are, working for other people. Which is not to say I haven't tried self-employment (repeatedly). But in between those bouts of self-delusion employment, I've amassed quite a few years working for The Man (some of those being people I've quite liked).

But if you're going to get ahead, you need more than luck. I found this quote from a 20th century radio broadcaster with the interesting name of Studs Turkel sums it up nicely:

Work is about a daily search for meaning as well as daily bread; for recognition as well as cash; for astonishment rather than torpor; in short for a sort of life, rather than a Monday-to-Friday sort of dying.

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(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

-Hermann Goering

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