For readers and followers of this blog, for this series only if you wish to reblog An Inconvenient God in individual chapters or in its entirety, I am okay with this. I had foreseen this as being a book, but when I reached the end, I had said all there was for me to say and it is clearly not enough for a book.
At different points in each chapter I ask questions. I do not ask them in search of answers for myself because I already know where I stand. I ask them as catalyst for the reader to consider.
Chapter Eight – Next Stop Entitlement Station
PIPS and ADS together result in the loss of community and family. Where people used to work for family owned businesses and the owners cared about their employees and the employees cared about the owners changed. It went from everyone being concerned about the bigger picture to a focus that did not extend past the end of one’s nose. Loyalty went out the nearest exit and did not look back. Concern about producing a quality product was replaced with exerting the least amount of effort for the greatest reward (financial reward of course).
Using unions, PIPS banded together and decided if the employers were profiting, they should be entitled to “their share” of the profits. I have heard many say that without them doing their work, the company would not make those profits. I find this entitlement attitude quite amusing while equally disturbing. It is amusing because these employees are already being compensated to earn their living. It is disturbing because their compensation is evidently not enough.
Unions had a position in life at one time. When unions first formed, they protected employees from being worked to death and helped establish child labor laws to protect children. However, that was a very long time ago and those issues have long been resolved. Now, labor unions do nothing more that blackmail employers into paying more to the employees than they do to the shareholders.
When a person takes a job with a company, the employer offers a compensation package that includes pay and benefits. This is what the employee agrees to at the time when the employer offers them the job. It has become a verbal contract between the two that one (the employee) will work diligently and for giving 100% the employer will in turn give them financial compensation in the form of legal funds and benefits like insurance and funds matching for retirement plans. Therefore, the employee is compensated before the profits are even realized in many cases. Unless the employee has been guaranteed in writing a profit sharing compensation plan, they are entitled to nothing more.
Along these lines, I asked a group of random young adults two questions:
- The publicly owned corporation you work for just posted record profits. Do they owe you any of those profits above and beyond what you are already getting?
- The privately owned company you work for just posted record profits. Do they owe you any of those profits above and beyond your current pay and benefits?
In both cases, the majority responded with “yes”. I explained that in both cases someone else has invested money and effort to make their companies profitable long before these young people came to work there and should not the investors be rewarded for taking the risk instead of the employees who are paid to do the job? The ones who had said they were entitled to their share of those profits were not willing to budge on their view.
So, I asked “if the company made a profit and they felt entitled to a share of that profit on top of their salary, were they willing to take pay cuts if the company had a bad year?” Not a single person thought that taking a pay cut would be fair. This proves beyond reasonable doubt to me that the destruction of the sense of community is well advanced as is the ideology of many younger persons that they are entitled to the rewards of the work of others.
I followed that up with “Since you are getting the profits that the shareholders invested money to make possible and they are now not receiving compensation for taking the chance on this company, what happens if they sell off their shares?” Once again the vast majority of those who thought they were entitled to the profits responded with the idea that if the shareholders sold their shares, others would buy up the shares and keep the company going. The ability to comprehend that if you take away profit from investors they will no longer be willing to invest seems to escape the younger generation.
Several of the adults said they were currently looking for a different job because they felt they were not being paid what they were worth. A few of them said they had been looking for a long time and the problem was too many employers weren’t willing to pay enough. When I suggested that if they weren’t being paid what they think they are worth at their present job and they are not able to find another employer that is willing to pay them what they want, the problem might not be the stinginess of employers, but an error in their own self-assessment.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “(Matthew 6:24) This is not only pertinent here, but will be even more pertinent later.
- Does a person have a moral obligation to accept no more than what they earn?
- Your neighbor offers you $150 to mow his quarter acre lawn with his riding mower and his gas because he is out of town. What do you do?
- What has happened historically that has enabled the youth of today to feel they are entitled to a good life versus knowing that they have to earn it?