Okay, in previous threads, there have been some interesting comments by Rootie, Eli, SE, so on, re: communism and work ethic and those kinds of things. Not surprisingly, Rootie and myself have taken the stance that In Our Humble Opinions, ideas such as communism encourage- when it comes to work- an acceptance of the lowest common denominator- as in, if one is going to get paid the same amount as everyone else for the same job- they will not put forth any extra effort in that job because there is no personal benefit to doing so. In such a system, people will put forth the bare minimum amount of effort to get a pay check- because no matter their level of effort, the pay check will be the same.
I have huge issues with this: One, I do not want to go to a doctor, lawyer, mechanic, accountant, electrician, (so on) who puts forth the minimum level of effort. I don’t want that out of police officers, soldiers, teachers, bus drivers, construction workers- or anyone else really. I do not want, especially when it comes to jobs which have to do with health, personal safety, so on, someone who is merely willing to do the bare minimum and has merely done the bare minimum to get there in terms of schooling or training. Without reward, the will to excel is largely decreased. And I wonder if anyone would truly want to, oh, entrust the lives and health of their kids, partners, parents, friends, themselves, to a surgeon who was into “the bare minimum” to get a pay check or what not. I know I wouldn’t.
Secondly, on numerous other levels I find it to be an affront. I always have I suppose. I used to hate back in school when I would work hard for grades, study for tests, so on, and because I would do so I would get A’s. Yet other people would not do those things and either cheat off those of us who did, or ask to copy homework, or make excuses….and get away with it. I hated it when we would get assigned group projects, and one or two of us would bust our butts because we wanted good grades and to do it well while one or two others would merely sit back and do little to nothing knowing that the group grade would reflect our hard work and they would get the same rewards for it. I had worked hard, learned the material, done above and beyond what was required of me to merely get a C. I’d put in the effort to earn an A. Others had not and did not deserve A’s. I hate it now in dancing- in that our company policy is that if one is dancing with another dancer (i.e. a two or more woman show), when it is all said and done, tips are divided equally amid the dancers present- No Matter How Slack, Late, Rude, Lazy the Other dancers might be. I feel as if I show up on time, ready to work, do my part to the best of my ability, pick up the slack for those who do not, well then…what tips I get handed should be mine because I am the one who has earned them. And I should not have to give them over to someone who has not put in the effort I have. Money I have made in time before a late dancer even steps in the door should be mine, not something that gets “shared or divided amongst” . Would anyone working in a field of any kind want to do that? Should a waiter have to give half their earnings to another waiter in their section when they had done very little or been late, leaving the work for others to do? That, I do not think, is fair at all…and I think things like communism encourage this bare minimum ideal.
I do not want the bare minimum. I want the best effort that can be put out there, and yes, I think people should be rewarded for best efforts and hard work and should be encouraged to give forth that effort and dedication.
Lord knows I sure as hell do not want someone who is “just doing the job” as fast and whatnot as they can with the bare basics drilling my teeth or shoving needles into my neck or wiring my house or inspecting my car. I want someone who will take care, caution and concern, who has worked hard in their training and works hard in their profession to do everything well taking on those tasks. I know Rootie is with me on this, but I cannot honestly believe we are alone here?