On Feb 2, 2014, at 6:57 AM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have worked, largely (not entirely) supporting myself since the age of 17 or so. Not because I HAD to, but because I ENJOYED working. (True, I generally worked only at jobs I enjoyed doing - I was fortunate that way, too). Anyway, 'working' was the culture I was bred into, by the examples set by both my parents (this is contrary to your falsehoods);
You still don?t get it and it isn?t your fault because this is how you were raised. I also don?t think Kirby gets it for the same reasons. The majority of the world doesn?t work because they enjoy it. They work because they have to in order to survive. Ground zero for them is nothing. No money, no house, no car, no anything. The cloths on their back, as they say. This is why parents have a sense of urgency in making sure that their children be the best they can be which usually and often goes beyond mere encouragement. They don?t have the luxury of dabbling with work when and where they so desire and only on their terms. I have sufficient means to give my son a good start but he will still work, like the rest of the world, not because he wants to, but because he has to. And I will raise him to make the best of that situation.
By the way, I am not faulting you for coming from a well-to-do family. Or for having the luxury to work when and where you desired and only on your terms. I am only pointing out to you that this is not the situation with the other 95% of the population. They must pick a job and soon, from what is available, not what they wish was available. And on top of that they must compete with others for that job. This is why it is more than just encouragement. It is survival.