Tuesday, October 11, 2005

How stupider can we get?

I was watching this certain flash presentation on a website and there's a quote that went something remotely like this:

"We forgo our health to chase after wealth, only to find that the wealth will be used to restore our health."

It's a viscious cycle really. As employees, we strive to make more money. We work endless hours in the race to earn more OT claims, we work super hard to please the client that will make or break the organisation, and we give in to the clients' requests so that they will not go anywhere else. We do this for as long as we can, and that means we are actually driving ourselves to the hospital.

The demands of today's market are as such, that in order to survive financially, you needlessly put yourself into situations where your daily health is compromised. You don't eat at regular intervals, you sleep for 6 hours and work the rest of the day, sometimes more... And if you don't do this, someone else is going to replace you.

Bosses are responsible to the shareholders to make a profit, to run the organisation with sheer efficiency, and the employees are there to do the bosses' bidding until no end. Sometimes just to save someone's face, employees are called to work 20 hours a day to meet the bosses demands. Then the employees push thier suppliers to work harder, and the suppliers push their employees into working even harder, and their employees push their suppliers, and the suppliers push their employees... and so the story goes. So in the end, who wins? NO ONE!!!

Everybody pumps and runs on adrenaline to meet ONE dateline, that ONE boss wants to meet, and in the end, you'll see that in the end, everyone is everybody else's client.

Actually, the main problem in this is greed. If everyone wasn't as greedy as we are now, then we wouldn't have been in such a situation in the first place. Everyone wants to earn more, to please the client so that they get more scraps from them, and this is all done under the illusion of efficiency and effectiveness. Actually, that is pure stupidity. When an employee reaches his 35-40 year range, this guy, who has been clocking in at 18 hours a day, daily, for the past 15 years will have broken down. If you drive your family car like it's a sports car continuously, it's gonna die on you before its lifetime.

When you realise this fact, you see that you are running around in this cycle. People amass so much wealth because they foresee that they will face trouble at the age of 40, and will need an amount of money to pay for medical bills. Cancer, diabetes, heart problems and other potentially fatal and expensive-to-treat illnesses strikes us because we haven't taken care of our own health when we were supposed to. Revving your engine too much continuously will certainly drive your engine into breakdown. The same goes for the human body.

If you don't give it a chance to rest, the wear and tear will get to you real fast.

Medical miracles like cloning an entire ear on the back of a rat are done to counter the fact that the human body doesn't have spare parts to fall back on. But why do we need the spare parts if we take care of our engines from the start? And we all know that no spare part is as good as a brand new engine.

It's so paradoxical really. You risk your health to chase after money and amass a great amount of wealth, only to use the wealth to restore your health?

But the sad part is, everyone else is doing it, and you won't be able to feed the engine if you don't...

5 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

haha! I should forward this article to all the bosses!

October 11, 2005 2:47 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

be my guest.... hahahaha

So long they don't know my real name, I'm ok... hehehehe..

Just in case it gets circulated and my boss gets a copy...

October 11, 2005 2:52 pm  
Blogger laipeen said...

that's why i choose not to go not the corporate world.

October 11, 2005 9:34 pm  
Blogger Gab said...

"To be great is to be simple and to be simple is to be great". Sadly, that's no longer applicable nowadays. Dog-eat-dog world, we seem to forget our purpose, existence n meaning of life.

But, will there be a life without all the hustle bustle and negativity? And drop all money-chase? *smirk*

October 12, 2005 2:27 am  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

Laipeen: The corporate world's not all bad... Or is it???

Gab: Life 100 years ago wasn't like this... and the people back then 'lived' alright...

October 12, 2005 9:30 am  

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