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After two days at my new job as a salesman, I looked up our competition and the data collected and published by a government organization about the market movements during the past years. All I wanted to do was becoming a better salesman. Yet, I was stunned to see how two of our three main arguments were total lies and the third was very deceiving. During the obliged one hour break the next day I came across two texts completely by accident. I’ll select two parts out these texts that seemed tremendously relevant to my situation.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling wordly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11)

Even in small things you should do what is morally right. You can always rationalize away your mistakes by situating them in a global context full of wars and madness. Yet, their mistakes don’t make yours right. Especially in a situation like mine, when there is no risk of poverty or any real detriment, one should always take the small disadvantage of being unemployed for a while instead of staying at a job where lying and cheating is your main task.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)

The question here is, what is your ultimate goal? Is it the Good or Money? Both are personalized in the Bible, respectively as God and Mammon. Once you chose the latter, there are no boundaries whatsoever. Choosing the Good on the other hand doesn’t force you into a claustrophobic space. There are plenty of jobs where  you don’t have to take immoral actions. You don’t have to relocate to a remote part of the world and sacrifice your life for others. All choosing the Good asks is, whenever you make a decision, is this decision going against my moral beliefs? If so, look for an alternative. The prospect of money shouldn’t play a role in this.

“I understand by ‘freedom of spirit’ something quite definite: being a hundred times superior to philosophers and other disciples of ‘truth’ in severity towards oneself, in cleanliness and courage, in the unconditional will to say No where it is dangerous to say No […].” (F. Nietzsche – The Will to Power, p. 256).

Knowing what is right and wrong based on a deep moral feeling doesn’t need years of studying in a little room. I know that robbery and deceiving is wrong, therefore, I don’t do these things. Anybody, even my boss, who asks immoral things of me will get a loud and clear “No!”.

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Open the gate, hoist the flags, our new job has arrived. Hooray! Hooray Hooray!

I’ve been unemployed for less than two weeks. Not bad, considering the economic times we’re in!

Why do I go to work instead of staying unemployed and look for a  better job? There are a bunch of obvious answers to this question, but they don’t apply to me.

Money! I don’t want to sound like a smug, but I don’t care about the money. I already have everything what I need in terms of commodities.

Self-respect! This might be true with some jobs, but not mine. I’m a salesman in a market segment without any difference in the product quality. Electricity is electricity.

 Don’t be a leach! I only just graduated and I moved back home. I wouldn’t get any government benefits for nine months. Even after these nine months, the amount I would get would hardly pay the food. So I wouldn’t feel like a leach on society.

The main reason to get job as fast as possible is simply because you’re supposed to have a job. Once you have a job, you can be as lazy as you like. The social pressure/expectations from the people around you disappear. It’s nice and quite…

The past week I had two exams on different days for one job. Employers lovvvve exams! Spoiler: wast of time.

Just to be clear, I’m not planning to become president of France or CEO of Inbev. The job I applied for is simple. No degrees needed – so please don’t be creative at all! – and it’s paid a minimum wage.

In total, I spent 12 hours on these ridiculous exams. I told them I had a very similar job before. Nevertheless, I had to follow for half a day a future colleague. Watch and learn… Watch and learn a job that is as hard as “1 + 1 = ?” and one I’ve done before. *yaaaaa – waste of time – wwwnnnn*

The second exam was on the internet. I’m not sure whether they assumed I don’t have internet at home or if they feared cheating… If you would see the exam, you would understand that both are an equal mockery. Everybody got ca. 95% on the exams. “Hooray”? No no, I’ll stick to “a waste of time.”

I’ve paid 15 euro for transportation (no refund) and had to turn down other short-term jobs because of this. But then again, those other jobs aren’t any better….

Employers offering a crappy job still assume that they and their offer become number one on the priority list of job-seekers. Unfortunately, they are completely right.

Frustration.

As a recently graduated student with an MA in history, I can’t be to picky when it comes to jobs. The book Finding a Job – for Dummies teached me that there is nothing worse than the arrogant student who wants to jump to the top of the ladder and demands a pile of cash from day one. I took this advise by heart and applied for a variety of jobs, including a job at an assembly line.

It seemed like a last-resort job. I thought, If I really can’t find anything else, I can always get this one. No skills or knowledge needed, just packing cookies. A job even a historian can handle! A few days later I received the reply: “After a thorough screening of your profile, we decided not to include you in our further selection procedure.” I wonder on what this screening is based. You don’t have to know anything at all. So is the selection based on age? I’m in my mid 20s! Or geographically? I live 7km from the factory! Could my degree actually hold me back in this case?

I never believed in the idea of being over-educated. Yes, I have some knowledge about the history/sociology/philosophy of science. Big deal. It doesn’t decrease my cookie-packing-skills! Pay me what the Highschool dropout makes next to me. I don’t mind. The only reason that I can imagine is their fear that I might leave the company soon and they will have to look for another employee. Fair enough.

Yesterday evening I talked with a friend about this situation. The ultimate question seemed: How many job opportunities have I gained and lost by getting this degree? The answer is a bit complicated. For example, The jobs in medium or higher administration will require a more thorough job interview and tests in which you’ll have to beat contenders. Being new in all this, I might be in a disadvanted position. Also, those jobs often require relevant working experience. My student jobs usually aren’t considered relevant experience. On the other hand, when I do get such a job, I’ll get paid better than the assembly line job. But unemployment is obviously still paid the worst of all…

Maybe I’m a bit too negative. At the moment I actually do have a job. Unfortunately it’s only for a very short period of time.

Anyway, getting rejected for an assembly line job, that’s an unexpected experience!

Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin and his clash with the modern factory.

Lately, I have been thinking about starting my own business, like maMarx intended. Fighting alienation and wage labor!

I’m often surprised how negative my former fellow students are about starting your own business. What will you do? What can you do? During all those years at university we haven’t learned anything sell-able! To be fair, the latter has a lot of truth in it. But I can’t stand all those wanna-be aristocrats with their love for uselessness (at there are quite a lot of those at uni!). It’s true that we didn’t learn market valued skills. What stops you from developing those, either while being a student or afterwards?

At the moment I’m doubting between becoming an electrician or a dessert cook (or both?). Mainly petite-bourgeoisie lowly educated folks* and my leftists university friends find this crazy and literally unthinkable. Only after proposing such a job, their mind opens up and they realise going up the ladder of education doesn’t just change your job opportunities, it enlarges them. You only add things, you aren’t forced to drop others.

“If you have an MA, why should you have a job that requires less…?” they ask.  My dear friends, you can say that I’m just a fool that aspires nothing. Well, to that I say you’re a cunt.

* By this, I mean people who’ve worked their way up. They got a basic education with some skills, worked and learned while working. But once they’ve got kids, they force those kids to study Latin at Highschool because it’s fancy. And God forbid if those kids won’t make it to university! It’s this weird feeling of “we worked hard, now you should get a job behind a desk.” While in fact, nobody is pushing their children harder than these parents and they are all pushing them (at least in Highschool) towards uuuuusesless Latin and Greek.