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So I’ve had several jobs in my life beginning when I was 15 years old. Staring as a janitor at the school I attended to now working as a Freelance Artist. I understand working for a paycheck. Right now thankfully myself and my husband can live decently on his income because what I bring in as an artist isn’t even enough to claim on taxes. We are fortunate in that we have food on the table and can enjoy a few things here and there. But we only just barely hit that middle.
But recently I’ve started to wonder how the economy has given a false idea of the worth of people’s work. The economy has gotten bloated with what I like to call “fake money”. That means that if all the companies, banks, and people were to call on the money they “have” in the bank or that is attached to their name a major portion of it wouldn’t even exist. And yet we all feel we deserve more and more of this pot of gold that a large portion of the world understands that it doesn’t exist.
Now people have jobs where they except raises every year, they expect perks, big Christmas bonuses, and so forth. And there are those that are just barely keeping sane knowing at least they have a job to go to even if there are no extras at all like health insurance. But in reality there is a level of ability and work that these two people have in common. That is assuming they have no disabilities or infirmities that could stop them.
Bookmore (my husband) and I talked for quite awhile about how the world could possibly get out of the economical toilet flush that we are in. When the world is as bad as it is I think we all as people have to figure out what we believe in. I’m not just talking spiritually I’m speaking more practically. If we all did this I think a large part of today’s population around the world would have more in common with parts of socialism and communism than they would like to believe. (I’m speaking more at Americans there as those words are as bad as any four letter word to most.)
So here is my idea. Rather than paying people for this base level ability they should be given basic necessities as their payment first. I think people who can do a certain base level of work such as hard labor should get their basic needs meet like food, medical care, and shelter. That means starting from schooling ages everyone not only gets their histories, sciences, maths, etc they would also start learning basic trades. Not just one but many to make sure each person has a chance to find careers that suit them rather then going off to college and then realizing or not where their true interests are. By doing this then they know that every child coming out of school will have the base level that shows they deserve their “rashons or base level of payment” of food, health care, and shelter. Whatever skills and assets they can bring to their field above that base level can be given as an extra payment to do with as they wish. This would lesson the amount of money in the system and hopefully counter the inflation. It couldn’t be implemented across the world at once but I do think there are countries small and with less debt that it could at least be tested. I just fear something has to be done before it all goes up in flames.
Can you imagine life where everyone doesn’t have to worry about such basic needs? Think of how much peace could be achieved in one’s self. As an American who has seen the highs and lows that can happen in one lifespan I think it could work. Of course my plan is basic and there is a lot that could be figured for elderly, those who want to farm their own food, having larger quarters for many families to live close and cheaper, and how pregnant women and families with children would fit in. I’ve got ideas on it all but my post would take 30 minutes to read I fear. The ideas just bounce around in my head and it was finally time try and write them in a blog.
As always comments are welcome but if you do rant keep in mind these are ideas not detailed plans that are about to be implemented.
Photos by: Shankbone on Flickr