Friday, 12 November 2010

It Is Not As similar As It Seems.

I do my very best in these blogs to steer well away from making political comments. This doe not mean that I am not a political animal, truth to be told I have some wonderful trophies of old from some of my protesting days. As the years go by we mellow and we listen to the views of others. The engine may be fired up but sometimes the least said the easiest it is to mend.

That said, I am finding it very difficult these days to keep my tongue between my teeth. We seem to have a government that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. In the process of, “fixing things” all sorts of things get said by people putting their mouths into action without first engaging the brain. So the other day there it was suggested that the long term unemployed should be made to collect litter to get them back into the ethic of work. It had hardly been said when another asked if such jobs were not demeaning.

Now there is a lot going on in all of the above, but let me ask one question. How does that make the little fellow who takes great pride in making sure the street I live in is litter free. He comes up regularly with his brush, shovel and bucket trolley and makes sure the place looks well. He takes great pride in his job.

How easy it is to shoot from the hip for all the right reasons but in the process to forget that others can be affected by our words.

The heart surgeon had a car hat was in need of servicing. He took it to his local garage, where he usually exchanged a little friendly banter with the owner, a skilled but not especially wealthy mechanic.

"So tell me," says the mechanic, "I've been wondering about what we both do for a living, and how much more you get paid than me."

"Yes?" says the surgeon.

"Well look at this," says the mechanic, as he worked on a big complicated engine, "I check how it's running, open it up, fix the valves, and put it all back together so it works good as new. We basically do the same job don't we? And yet you are paid ten times what I am - how do you explain that?"

The surgeon thought for a moment, and smiling gently, replied, "Try it with the engine running."

Sometimes we need to stand in the other persons shoes to get the full picture.

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  1. Such true words and sentiments! Why is it that we all assume we know what other people are dealing with in their daily lives? Or we assume that our view of things is the only right one. (sigh) Good thoughtful post, Ralph.

  2. Well, Ralph I don't know what to say. You have opened up a few soap boxes on which I stand! Maybe it's time for those of us with tongue between teeth to start speaking.
    Where I grew up our streets and laneways were swept clean of sand and debris in summer and shovelled of snow in winter.
    All was provided by those who were destitute and 'unemployed'.
    Welfare did not exist; and if a person needed food, fuel or lodging these could be obtained by working at street cleaning for the municipality.
    For those who absolutely could not push a broom or lift a shovel 'food and fuel chips' were supplied out of the town coffers. And that is what they were .... food and fuel vouchers. Not a 'welfare' cheque where a goodly portion would be spent at the beer and wine stores!
    Sorry, its your fault ... you opened 'this can of worms'

  3. Good Morning Ralph, and you know me, I love a fight! When economic times get tough it is easiest to be critical of what we can easily see and we become resentful of people on the dole when we have worked so hard for what we have! The reality of the situation is far more complicated and involves dollars or pounds that we couldn't even imagine! Welfare to poor people
    is a tiny part of any country's budget but it is the part we see and resent. Exon and British Petroleum paid ZERO taxes to the U.S. Government last year and because of clever tax loopholes actually got 150 MILLION dollars given to them!!
    I will complain about a guy not sweeping the street when 2% of the people (major corporations)
    no longer control 50% of the wealth! A very SIMPLE tax law that would improve the world's economy would require, just for one year, for everyone to spend everything they made! Most of us do this with ease, but that 2% keeps stockpiling it and it doesn't trickle down and it doesn't get taxed! If you want to save money in a National budget go where the money is, don't take it from the poor!

  4. Okay, I have to ask. What is a "car hat"?

  5. Scotland and US both have bad politicians. sigh! Loved the post and story as always