November 3rd, 2015, 07:26 PM
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: LA LA Land North
Originally Posted by imaginethat
When I was younger than ten, and not comprehending politics or economic systems, I asked my parents why some people made so much money while others didn't, and yet every job was important, like a garbageman. Imagine a city without garbagemen or a restaurant without dishwashers.
They'd go on about training and education, but as a naive kid with no investment in any political or economic system, that answer wasn't good enough.
A maximum wage is worth discussing at least.
My grade 6 teacher was quite the rebel for his time. There we were, a bunch of 12 year olds and we were studying what you would call civics. One kid asked about our Senate, which is an appointed body. What was our senate given that we are (at that time) a democratic monarchy? I remember he phrased the question as "what". The teacher's answer, "The Canadian Senate is a group of men who are old, sterile and useless in other ways." One of the kids told his mom, she wrote letters to the paper and the school board and there was quite the ruckus. Somehow he survived it.
Now on topic, he was the first to ask the class what was more important, a garbageman or a doctor. Then he convinced us it was the garbagemen in terms of the health of the community. The whole many dying vs a few.
But then the concept of a doctor could pick up garbage but a garbageman couldn't doctor was discussed.
So still no conclusive answer.