Wednesday, May 02, 2012
I am a security guard in a high-rise building that are so common in every city. In the United States security guards are known to receive low wages, but I am very happy to have the job, and can pay my bills.
One of the companies upstairs is a call center for a multi-million dollar corporation.
Over the years I have been told how much the members of the call center are making per hour. Not surprised but still shocked, I discovered that their monthly take home pay was five to six times higher then what I made.
Every day I would watch these people going to and from work and try to imagine what I would do with all my money if my pay was the same as theirs.
One day a worker stopped at my desk on her way to work and asked me if I knew where she could get a part time job.
"Why?" I innocently asked.
She explained that the company was cutting back on overtime and that she needed to pay bills.
I gave her the name of my company and mentioned that our pay wasn't near what she was making, but it might help. Happy with this information, she went upstairs.
I thought about this.
My life is by no means glamorous. It has taken over thirty years to pay off and cancel my credit cards. It was a conscious choice to give up my car for public transportation and cycling. I have been laughed at for not having a microwave or a tv. People have said it was stupid.
I call it voluntary simplicity.
It is not easy to live in this society. We are constantly being told to buy...buy...buy; that everything has to be new. The old things we own are not good enough. This culture is making us all greedy until we can't pay for yesterdays items that we are being told are useless. And no matter how much money we make, we need more.
We need to readjust our priorities.
Maybe I should have told the woman that she needed to divide her wants from her needs, but that probably would have been rude
Or maybe I should have mentioned that sometimes less is more. But it is too late to tell her.
Or is it?