The Double Standard of buying water

Back when I was the assistant department manager in a grocery store, I see a lot of water flying off the shelves. This is especially true during the summer months. I even hear customers talk about how a certain type or brand of water is the best thing that they have ever had.  

All this variety and very little difference

I don’t know about anybody else but I have sampled a lot of the water that my store sells. Of course I have limits as to how much I will pay for water; for example $3-5 dollars for a gallon of water when most gallons are in the $1-2 range. Although I have snagged the more expensive ones when they were on sale.  

I have to admit that I cannot taste a difference in all the water. But each person is entitled to their opinions. If they didn’t have their opinions, I might lose money in the water department and be out of a job.  

Paying for water twice. When it is free already

Speaking of water department, it seems like a double standard to buy water when we already pay for it in the water bill. Even if you don’t pay the actual bill, it is included in the rent. Unless you don’t pay rent that is.  

I could just as easily buy a pitcher and keep the water cold but every time that I try this, it always mysteriously turns into sweet tea. Plus it is convenient to just buy a gallon of water for $1-2 every few days. Aside from the convenience of bottled water, I can’t help but point out the irony that one of the leading brands of water is “Evian”. I don’t have to tell you what that spells backwards.  

So basically, it’s sort of like double taxation paying for water twice. But somehow I feel I may have a moral obligation to actually buy the water in the store now. After all, I wouldn’t want to kill capitalism and the jobs that it creates.   

Why I may choose not to make a living as a writer

They say poverty is man’s default state. Although this is merely an illusion because man defines poverty by how much money you make. Some people may live well on less money or even have found a way to barter and not be dependent on money at all.

In my case, I seem to default back on my first job in a grocery store. With my experience I still get top pay and quick promotions because I was a department manager before. I have a growing list of resources to pursue freelance writing again, although planning to avoid the content mills since I am not that desperate for a writing job.

The intrinsic value of writing

For me writing is more recreational and therapeutic. If other people benefit from it that that is an added bonus. I do not feel like I have to monetize my talents to be successful. That doesn’t mean I have ruled it out either since I am looking at self-publishing e-books and affiliate marketing with websites, as well as domain flipping.

Your real wealth is your influence. Just because you never monetize it and become rich doesn’t mean you are a failure in life. While money can be a measure of a person’s influence, it is highly possible to be influential and have no money. For example, Jesus is the most influential person in history yet He had no place to lay His head and was undoubtedly poor. I wonder how He would fair today.

Real wealth and real intelligence

I feel fulfilled just writing on my blog even if I don’t get rich off of it.  I can make a lot of money freelancing but I would have to set quotas as to how much content I write a week or per month. If I have to keep a quota, then I may start hating my job and then it would seem less fulfilling and like more of a curse.

I will likely go back into freelance writing again but will probably work on a more passive income. For example, if I average $100-500 for a short article or a little more for a short story, I would only have to sell relatively few in order to live a comfortable lifestyle. Since this would not be a full-time job, I would likely continue to work my day job or start some type of small business to supplement.

There are a lot of opportunities out there. While the majority of the jobs don’t average more than 30 hours a week, many of them do pay a high hourly rate. The workforce is evolving and intelligence is defined as the ability to adapt. All others who cannot adapt just live in fear and preach the end of the world conspiracy theories.

Never underestimate the impact of less

The shortest verse in the Bible is the one that read “Jesus wept.” This verse reveals more about Jesus than any other in the New Testament. The verse also reveals a side of Jesus that isn’t acceptable in men today; his human side. It was this same side that chose to hang out with the marginalized people in society.

You know, the side that drank wine and hung out with prostitutes and even gay people (called eunuchs in the Bible). It’s amazing how Jesus can hang out with prostitutes and drink wine, though when I do it I get called a heathen.

Either way, the point of this blog post was not to underestimate the power of less. Less is more in some cases. A short read can be just as full of impact as a long one; often more so because the longer one is mostly fluff to make it longer.

Life is about exchange

You’re probably thinking life is all about money.

It would seem as if life is all about money.

Money has a way of becoming the end goal, when you have bills to pay.

The government makes things about money the way they keep inflating the currency.

Life is not about money.

It is about exchange.

Money or not, we live on exchange.

It’s possible to be 100% self-sufficient, but it’s not desirable.

Money is just a convenience, compared to actual bartering.

Money isn’t the end goal, what we are trying to pay for is. Our desired lifestyle.

The service to other people is it’s own compensation. This is what we will get paid in heaven. That’s why lower paying jobs don’t pay much, because they pay more intrinsically. Although the intrinsic reward doesn’t always pay the bills, unless you have very low living standards; which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Life isn’t about money. It’s about exchange. The basis for economy is how to meet our needs and what we have to exchange for it. Money is just more convenient.

Focus on what you want out of life, and you will attract the means to “pay” for it.

The 80/20 Rule: How the world works

Proverbs 22:29. . .”Do you see truly competent workers; they will serve kings rather than ordinary people.” (NLT)

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? In the world of work, it basically says 80% of the work is performed by 20% of the people. From my experience in work, if you are in the top 20% you will know it. The same goes for the way society is structured. Everyone has no doubt heard of the 1%; these are the elitists who own everything, or the Aristocracy/ruling class. They own the corporations and control the money supply. The middle class are the top 20% who earn 80% of all the money and wealth created. This means only 20% of the money is to be fought over by 80% of society. Sounds kind of brutal, doesn’t it?

On a somewhat positive, yet dismal note, this just means that companies could lay-off up to 80% of the workforce and you probably wouldn’t notice much of a difference. Except for the 80% of people who are now unemployed. This can be turned into a positive too most of these people figure out a way to become self-employed. This explains what has been happening since the 1990’s when the United States economy peaked and Corporate America has been declining ever since.

Believe it or not, you can get an idea of how the world works just by reading the Bible. Keep in mind that just because something is biblical doesn’t mean it’s godly; for example, killing people in the name of God or dashing baby’s heads against rocks (every Atheists favorite argument against the God of the Bible).

Today’s devotional says that a man who is skilled in his work will serve the interests of kings and not ordinary people. Although it may be more godly to serve the ordinary (blue collar) people, you won’t make much more than poverty wages in doing so. A man who rises above this stature in life will likely serve the public interest, namely the government or corporations.

Don’t focus on who you’re actually serving, focus more on being yourself and creating something of value and you will attract people who truly value your work. Be the best you can be and you will probably be discovered by some corporation (today’s kings). If you reach a level of spiritual growth where you are truly content serving the common man, then you are already rich by biblical standards. All of your needs will be met in some form or another, even if you don’t get rich by the standards of the world.