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I think there's another elephant in the room. In the spirit of looking the elephant in the eye, I will speak personally: If I had my 'druthers, I'd make my living writing books. As writing books takes a while to make a living from (if one achieves it at all), I have to do something else for money, for an indefinite period of time. Given that reality: If I had my 'druthers, there's no question I'd rather bartend than do what I do now, writing for large corporations. I could care a whit about status, the supposed intellectual stimulation, or keeping company with "people of my caliber." I would prefer physical labor to non-physical labor. Nope. I work for money. Period. Am I conscientious about quality? Yes. But, sorry, I do not CARE. I cannot imagine that I'm the only one - and not just the only one to have a romantic dream. I know many a person who'd rather bartend! I think this actually contributes to the bullying. So much of the status stuff, disguised as "intellectual stimulation," or "important work," or "grown-up jobs" has shame at its root. It's that shame that gets taken out on others as bullying.
Don't hold back!
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Dec 30, 2009