[Blog]The Workforce Is Modern Day Slavery

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He knew what the answer was going to be when my father asked about my new job because it was the same as it’s been for the past 10 years. I’ve never been able to fight my innate repulsion for the work force. Incessant small talk with clients and comrades all day drains the life out of me. Waking up before the sunrise feels unnatural. Having to feed into hierarchal positions that allow people to gain dominance over their betters is ego crushing. Witnessing someone power trip because of some nonsensical authoritative title is horrifying. Compartmentalizing myself so that the person I am at work is so far from my actual self just kills my spirit. And participating in this idea of capitalism and consumerism goes against everything I believe in.

So when my father, a man, who spent his entire life coming up with hustles to help him avoid ever subjecting himself to this type of environment started trying to convince me that I should somehow be thankful, I was a bit offended. ‘BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT?!’ It had been statements like his in response to my expressed disdain that made me spend so many years wondering what was wrong with ME. Why couldn’t I just grin and bear this like everyone else? Why did I want to reject such a necessary part of life? Was I just being lazy? But this wasn’t an aversion to work. Because if I had it my way, I’d be spending my days painting, maintaining my own home, growing my own food, and offering my skills and talents to my community. All of which, would entail a lot more effort than the mind-numbing way I spend 10 hours of my day now. This was an inability to conform.

Because when people say these things, like ‘Alexis, this is just part of being an adult‘, ‘it’s just what you have to do‘, what their inadvertently suggesting, (but refuse to openly admit)… is that you simply do not have a choice. And therein lies my main problem. This guise of freedom that doesn’t even fucking exist because freedom would mean free of coercion. But what if I don’t want to spend my life selling my labor to get by? What are my other options? Homelessness (which is essentially illegal), jail, a nuthouse? Having to choose between starving to death or selling your self isn’t exactly a decision. We are being forced into this.

Because the truth is, our country relies on the working class to thrive. And the only way to get us all to volunteer ourselves was to make the incentive basic survival. Otherwise, who would subject themselves to this? Having to be around people you would normally never choose to be around. Ass kissing. Obeying people that are not as intelligent than you. No one!

Will I continue to participate in it until I find a way out of indentured servitude? Much to my own dismay. Because like I said, there really aren’t any other choices. I have to. But will I continue to feel ashamed for my insubordination and inclination to reject it? No. And having to participate in it doesn’t mean I can’t recognize it for what it really is – modern day slavery. Sonny was right, the working man IS a sucker.

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  • Sara

    I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. Everybody thinks the same deep down inside except for the rare few who can live of their passion. The one thing I don’t think you should be doing is compartmentalizing yourself so that you’re a different person at work and out of it, I used to do the same think and it killed my spirit too. Now at my new job I’m completely true to myself and it has made work much more manageable. Thanks for posting!

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    alexisbelon Reply:

    I don’t know ! Some people seem completely fulfilled clocking in and out every day of their lives.

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  • Cam Cam

    Yes!!! 100 percent. But this job will be a faded memory and your future that much sweeter when you are finally spending most of your precious time on your passion. That time will come!!! You will one day treasure your work and life so much more because of your dreary soulless “adult” work/life experiences. The kind of perspective that brings to one’s life is truly golden!!!

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    alexisbelon Reply:

    I look at everything I do in life as experiential… so if anything, there’s always something to be thankful for in regards to work.

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  • D2084

    I agree, unless you’re doing what you love for living then any other form of work is essentially slavery. Even if you happen to be paid well or happen to communicate with people who share a similar mindset – it’s a terrible way to live, a necessity but still terrible.

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    alexisbelon Reply:

    Even if you’re doing what you love ! Not every talent or hobby you enjoy should have to be a commodity for sale. The moment I’m told to paint is the moment I start resenting it.

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  • Mariya Dakota

    Read the book “Rich Dad, poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Its a great, quick easy read that talks about many of the things you mentioned. It completely changed the way I think about money, work, education and my career. Pick it up at your local library.

    Also watch this video on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf3R3yzEn94

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    alexisbelon Reply:

    Read it when I was like 12!

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  • Hi Alexis. This is very nice post. I am studying at university at the moment and I have one and a half year left. And right now I am wondering what I am going to do after university. I am so worried. I have a lot of passions but I am afraid that I will end up doing some boring work because everyone is telling you that nowadays it’s very hard to find a job so you must be glad for anything. But I don’t want to do something that I am not passionate about. I am a big dreamer and I don’t want to give up on my dreams. You should never give up.

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  • Just came upon your blog and this is the first article I read — Instantly fell in love and can relate 100%. I have this same conversation time and time again, and I force myself to just suck it up until I find something that makes me happier but still pays the bills. It’s a constant struggle, but as you mentioned, I think it’s important to still remain thankful that we’re in the position of being able to be employed and gain a paycheck. Not the “perfect” situation for women like us who don’t want to conform to the workforce, but it beats not being taken care of.

    Will definitely read more of your writing and keep up with you elsewhere. Love your style and your point of view.

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  • THE DON

    Everything you wrote in this blog is true to lot of people. You’re an absolute inspiration to people everywhere in both your writing and experiences. Discovering your stories, in both your blogs and vlogs, makes me want to deal with my life situations head on rather then brush them to side and pretend they don’t exist. So, on that note thank you Alexis and keep up the good work.

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    Amy- Letitia Reply:

    She really is, Love her!

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  • Amy- Letitia

    Alexis you are an insightful young woman, I really wish if you came to England/UK we could meet. I really look up to you. Believe me on of the reasons I quit 7 years of retail experience is because I believe the exact same thing, so I started working for myself by teaching private music lessons from home. You are creative, maybe you could think of something to bring the money in creativily.

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