Skewed Values, Unpaid Dues
Money is supposed to represent value.
The more value you provide, the more money you get.
But when bankers make more than doctors, teachers or police officers I think it fair to say money no longer represents what it once did.
And people conflate success with gluttony.
We aspire to be like the wealthy with no consideration for how they made their money.
And we work jobs for companies that, at best, make no social or environmental impact and at worst take us away from where we need to be.
Now, this problem is systemic. And it is both top-down and bottom-up. That is to say, governments and companies are culpable, but so are we. And it is far easier to control oneself than trying to control amorphous giants in the sky.
Every day we have a choice. We can decide to continue working for and investing in companies and people with questionable ethics, slowly eroding our morals.
Or we can decide to work for ethical companies – even if this means a pay cut and less prestige.
This certainly isn’t easy.
Taking a house and turning the sitting room and most of the kitchen into a bunch of bedrooms means significantly more money. It means a life of leisure.
But just for you.
In these instances, your gain is some else’s considerable loss.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can earn enough to have all your needs met AND do good work.
And as you do, you create change on two levels: through the impact of work and through the impact of your choice.
I know with certainty that if a landlord was to charge a reasonable price and give a fair amount of space, they would have far longer periods of occupancy and when it came time for tenants to leave, word of mouth would ensure rooms were snatched up before they so much as touched the open market.
This sounds a lot like a sermon. It isn’t just for you though. These words are a reminder to me to move always closer to work of meaning.