The Price of Greed
I found this article in the New York Times today. It talks about how Americans are over-worked and how stressing the economy is. My first thought was, really? I thought we had created new jobs: the job ads are expanding to more than 10 pages in my hometown paper - back when the economy was "bad" they were down to 3 pages; ecomonic reports say that the jobless numbers are declining. Wonder where the New York Times got that? It couldn't be that they are harping on this because of the upcoming election and this is one of Kerry's topics to bash Bush with, could it? My second thought is the only reason that we are working so hard - for many of us anyway - is because we are determined to live at a certain level that may or may not fall within our salary range. Drive by a new development in your town - one that has big, new houses in it. Look first for these monstrous houses to be covered in either all vinyl, or with a brick front, and vinyl on the rest of the structure. Then look at the cars. They will probably be low level new cars. These houses strap these people. They live to the end of their income - go figure that they stress over their jobs and work long hours. Not to mention, two-income families are on the rise as daycares fill up with small children. When both spouses work, that leaves them coming home exhausted at the end of the night, and the house still needs cleaned, the kids looked after, the dinner made, and if you want a social life, good luck. You are beat by the end of the week. Rather than shoot for the stars, why not settle for a smaller house, one that allows you to save some money at the end of the month? Or at least allows you to pay cash for everything rather than run up charge cards! I hear more and more couples saying there is no way the wife (or husband) could stay home and take care of the kids because they need both incomes. Yes, there is a way. Scale down! Live smaller. Stop spending so much money to look good, and start enjoying life. Learn to live within your means. Your stress level will go down and life will be much more enjoyable. Otherwise, just learn to enjoy being stressed, letting other people raise your children, and find your thrill in impressing the rare bit of company you have time to have over with your big, spacious house. At least they'll have time to enjoy it, even if you don't.