Growing up loving philosophy, I have always tried to see things from every angle. I think that our experience here in this life very much depends upon our perception.
William Blake was a huge influence on me in my younger years especially, as well as Aldous Huxley‘s Doors of Perception (thanks to Jim Morrison, The Doors‘ singer and poet). Both Blake and Huxley focused heavily on our perceptions.
Having said that, even though I tend more toward the side of intellect and art, via music, poetry, philosophy, and meditation, I still very much appreciate having grown up being raised by working class parents.
I have a long line of “blue collar” males, and while I have strayed from doing that for a living, I don’t understand how someone couldn’t appreciate the hard work that’s being done in such varying occupations.
It’s not as though we can just say this work doesn’t need to be done. I could only imagine Idiocracy becoming true, with massive heaps of trash piling up, in far greater a number than is already, if it wasn’t for garbage men taking our trash weekly.
Sure, people are able to take their recycling in, whether to get some cash, or from a deep-seeded desire to help nature, to some extent, that’s all fine and dandy, even appreciated.
Sadly, I sometimes read via social media memes or stories about so-called intellectuals, folks that graduated from this prestigious college or another, talking badly to their children about hard-working blue collar folks who bust their humps for a living.
I wouldn’t want my kid doing this, that, or the other. Really? Because being an intellectual, I don’t think you’ve read about a culture of doctors that was thriving.
Not everyone is going to grow up to be a doctor. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I had stars on my wallpaper and all that jazz, while it’s good to have aspirations, it’s also ridiculous not to appreciate what jobs need to be done.
McDonald’s workers wanting $15-an-hour for a fast food job, when they don’t have a very hard job at all (minus the customer service aspect, which many jobs entail) seems a bit absurd when a very physically demanding job, such as landscaping sometimes might not make that much.
Fast food is bad for us anyways, from potentially not eating as a family, to health considerations per another blog post I’ve done, plus the offset of inflation, but I am not an economist and won’t ever pretend to be, so I’m sure you can read about that on another blog if you please.
In many folklore of Indo-European peoples, you see an agricultural culture spring up, after hunter/gatherer, and it should be extremely appreciated.
Everyone is trying to go all natural, as much as is possible, well that cuts McDonald’s out of the equation completely, but what about farmers?
Living in California all of my life, I have seen more and more farmers being driven out, due to lack of rain, but more so due to cost. They are being driven out. Why? Because then corporations can’t have such a stranglehold on force-feeding us GMO-laden foods that can be advertised.
It’s just like medicine. There is not really much profit in herbs, spices, natural folklore medicine, when greedy corporations can give us Tylenol, anti-depressants, and all the other garbage which is in the foods we feed even our children.
If it comes in a can, or is too easy, it’s probably not good for you, unless it’s fruit or vegetables.
Vegetarian, vegan? I’m sure you still appreciate the farmers who get your organic vegetables and fruits.
Maybe you don’t appreciate meat, I can understand and even appreciate that to some point. If we had better conditions for the animals we raised for food, maybe there wouldn’t be as many folks who felt that way.
I have read about the raising of animals in parts of Europe, and they don’t have cows and bacon, I mean pigs raised the same way we do here in America. I can’t imagine the kind of life it must be, to live in a pin where you eat and poop in the same little area, without much room to move, yet alone run around, free like we are meant to be.
Back to my initial point, if we as a culture would appreciate the average folks who hunt, not for sport, to show off a lion kill, but to honestly provide food for family and the society we live in, we could have more easily obtainable organic foods, without so much, if any pesticides, preservatives, and so forth.
Then, maybe we wouldn’t need as many medications, which help keep us “balanced”, while in truth, we should be very well balanced by nature (for the most part), with proper diet consisting of natural foods, exercise, less poison, and so forth.
Here we go, full circle, back to my point in whole. Farmers aren’t doctors, even though they provide us with natural foods which would help keep us potentially away from doctors as often, or for as many reasons as us modern folk seem to need.
No, farmers are blue collar, hard-working, back-busting folks who helped make our culture, and the culture of our ancestors strong and healthy.
It’s a frightening place when you can’t make enough money to afford “fancy” foods, meaning foods that are natural and not pumped with steroids, put in a can with preservatives we can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are unless we look them up.
Instead of looking down on someone for having a physical job, instead of a mental or emotionally-demanding one, try to see things from their perspective. Consider what they offer our society, families, and culture, before all the farmers are driven away, and all of our food is made in a laboratory.
I don’t know if anyone else has, but I have seen food that’s made in a laboratory in China.
Some strange goo, put in test tubes, that somehow equate cabbage. While I love science, that just doesn’t seem right to me, when we could just as easily, or far more easily just have appreciated the hard-working folks who make a living literally putting good, natural, hearty foods on our plates that nature provided and intended us to eat.
If you are fond of science, I imagine you’re logical enough to consider the fact that we haven’t tested these other methods of food nearly long enough to consider feeding them to our families.
Five, 10, 20 years down the line, and the human race dies off from some unforeseen “complication” that sprouted from not enough room for more apartments, and folks not living at one with nature.
Support your local farmer’s markets, appreciate the garbage man, the guy who plows your field, or removes snow from your driveway (unless you do it yourself, then there’s no need to heed that advice).
Doctors have their place too, and typically achieve the respect they demand, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I don’t see animals looking down on different occupations.
No, instead they fight together, live together, and function naturally, how they were intended to, minus of course, human interference with their environment.
We need nature to be healthy, like it or not. We need all the parts of a well-maintained machine to function as a whole, meaning us as humans, because after all, we use the tools that we create, let’s not have that be the other way around.
Getting back to a more folkish lifestyle is good for us. People going back to the diets their ancestors had, happens for good reason.
“Eat your medicine”, I see being a popular saying, and it’s true.
Back to nature, a natural cycle of living, it’s better for all of us. Physical-demanding jobs provide exercise which we see more of a need for.
Learn from your ancestors, the past, it will help guide us into the future.