Does your security come from being safe or being free?
September 4th, 2012 by Agent Kevin Miller
Today I had lunch with a dear friend who is at the end of his rope. He’s got a high profile job with a top Fortune 500 company. Nice house. Beautiful, supporting wife. Three great boys. They have everything money can buy.
And his soul is dying.
“If I stay here another 15 years, I’ll be the exact same guy I am now.” The job provides $$$$. That’s it. The majority of his life is devoted to making $$$$ and nothing else. Nothing. To make it worse, God has put a huge passion on his heart. His wife shares it too. Even his young kids. This passion is not about money. It’s not about anything our culture glorifies. It’s not even IN this country. It makes no sense in regards to the ‘American Dream’. And few will ever support them in going after the yearning of their hearts because it’s not a financially founded decision. Yet he says “I’d clean toilets if we could just be there.”
Throughout the 1800s, most people were farmers, field hands and skilled craftsmen. Trading, trapping, fishing, metalworking and selling merchandise were other common early 19th century occupations for men.
Then Henry Ford developed the assembly line and mass production and lured scores of men away from their farms to an easier job and increased & consistent pay. When World War II came and there was a lack of men to fill the now flourishing slots, women were invited in. Quickly, individual moral in big industry (corporate) declined due to many things:
- Monotonous labor,
- People had been used to invigorating hard work,
- The loss of “the thrill of victory and agony of defeat”,
- The loss of close communion with family and friends,
- Time INflexibility
…and much more.
So industry tried to add some of that back into the workplace. This is where we get ‘work culture’. It’s an artificial insemination of what used to be natural. Kind of like your Chocolate Covered Sugar Bomb cereal that’s ‘Fortified with 12 essential vitamins and iron’ (code for…we stripped all the nutrients out of what you’re eating making them basically packing peanuts and added artificial flavor and now some vitamin powder to it).
But hey, now people were making more money and could buy loads of the much more affordable ‘good things’ in life, made possibly by the very industries they’d given up the farm for and were now working at.
Less freedom and inspiration, but easier work and more material possessions.
Today it’s pretty much all we know. There are fewer and fewer ‘owners’ and more and more ‘employees’. Less freedom and more stuff. We all enjoy the same amenities in various levels from plastic to gold plated, but we all have them. Freedom is looked at as a luxury.
Interesting. Going back to a lifestyle of self-employment similar to our grandparents and great grandparents is a…selfish luxury. Being at home with family, working at something you are fully responsible for, having time flexibility and availability, owning your work…is a luxury. I thought the culture LEFT the pre-industrial lifestyle, for luxury.
Hmmm. What’s going on? Here are a few interesting resources to contemplate:
Henry Ford creates the assembly line and mass workforce and great pay:
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‘Give a Man a Job’ by Jimmy Durante
- Thanks Eric Haselhorst for turning me on to this one
Dwight D. Eisenhower quote
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Tennessee Ernie Ford song, ‘Sixteen Tons’
- Theme song in ‘Joe vs the Volcano’ which I own thanks to Chris Sutton
‘Henry and the Great Society’ book was written
- It’s a family favorite of ours, we’ve given away a case…but honestly, most people don’t like the message, so I’ll forewarn you. This link below is a free PDF of the entire book if you’re brave enough:
- It’s a fictional movie. Or is it…? I own this movie and believe the essence to be truth.
This blog was inspired by the Dwight D. Eisenhower quote. I think it profound. However, I’d also debate what security truly is. Is security in safety, or freedom?
What say you?