Chapter 214 Getting a Job at a Higher Income Level Than Fast Food Provides No Greater Job Satisfaction and Happiness. Message: Avoid getting a Job, Get a “Passion”.
In the last chapter, we discussed why getting a job makes a person so unhappy and downtrodden. This is because you are treated not as a person but rather as a number. We used the example of McDonald’s Corp. I am not trying to cut down McDonald’s, but merely to use that company as an example of how big corporations steal our souls. If you have a McDonald’s “job”, you become merely a measurable unit in the machine that churns out cholesterol filled heart attack hamburgers as fast and as slick as the grease upon which it is fried. You are told to hurry faster and faster, with no reward at all. You are just a number. If you fall too far below, your “number” is up, and you are fired. Hopefully for the company, the employer finds some misconduct you were involved in to avoid paying you unemployment income. Yes, corporations are THAT greedy.
It is really not any single person that is evil. The managers themselves are usually nice at most places and have a family, a heart, and life problems of their own. But when everything comes together in an entity like a profit driven corporation, everything changes magically into a medieval torture room, where NOTHING deviant is tolerated especially that which may cost the corporation a penny in profit.
Pick a job, any job in the mainstream “big corporation model”, and all the workers have the same disappointments and feelings of indifference and often of hate. That is because of a phenomena called the “alienation of labor” (I first read about in college). If you are in charge of just putting on a pickle on a beef patty on the assembly line at McDonald’s, you have not created the hamburger at all. You are only a small part of the picture. You do not even get to talk to the customer and cannot even see his/her face when they eat the hamburger (provided it is a yummy one).
In this way, the model rhymes with all jobs at big corporations. If you work at General Motors, and are responsible only for putting on that last lug nut on the left wheel of the Dodge Minivan, to what end have you created anything that you can yourself be proud of? Slowly, machines had taken place of your duty anyways. How does it feel when you know that your job can easily be done by an iron machine or as such soon in the future? What kind of pride and contentment with job satisfaction can be assumed?
Higher paying jobs simply are exactly the same, but with even more time pressures. At least they compensate just a little more money. But that money, small or large can never do away with the “alienation of labor” phenomena. And as we discussed on previous chapters, after a short time, you just get used to the higher income. There are diminishing levels of returns as you climb the income ladder.