Kiwi Polemicist

September 3, 2008

Gratitude is a rarity

Today I was shopping and the nice lady behind the counter said “It’s a good job, all I have to do is serve customers and [the boss] pays me well”. It may not sound like much, but it was said with a smile and was obviously genuine gratitude. It really struck me because I usually hear comments like “I hate my job”, or words to that effect, said with bitterness.

So why do so many people hate their jobs? First and foremost I think that they hate working. Also, Socialism/Marxism teaches that businessmen are evil people who exploit their workers. This causes people to develop the mentality of a victim, and to resent the bosses who are supposedly exploiting them. They forget that without businessmen workers would instead be unemployed workers.

It was so pleasant to find someone who was grateful for their job, and grateful for the boss that they had. That’s capitalism: the boss is happy because he’s got a good worker, and the worker is happy because she has a good job and a good boss. In a truly free market an “exploitative” businessman will not succeed because the economy will be growing and unhappy workers can easily find jobs elsewhere. Thus the free market regulates the behaviour of employers, and there is no need for heavy-handed State regulations.

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