Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Here's a quote I came across somewhere...
As a professional, I want to be paid well for the high quality work I do. I do not do high quality work only because I want to be paid well.
Currently for my own situation I think I need to be paid for what I do out of sufficiency needs. It's kind of crushing of the creative spirit, really. Some people spend many hours on their games then either put them out for free, or provide content for portals at mere handful of cents.

They say they choose to give the game away? Is it really? If no one would have bought it, is it really choosing to give away the game?

And I mean, you want to be paid for high quality work - you don't just do it to be paid well? Do you really have that choice? Lets say you don't do it - say you lose your job, your capacity to supply yourself with food and shelter. Is not working for the money really an option that you have, or are you just humouring the idea your in such a position?

Is it just denial to think you really have a choice? Like if you had a patch of land you didn't have to pay tax on, and had crops going for food and had a house, yeah, you have a choice about whether you do work to be paid because your basics are covered.

I write this because I think there is, perhaps, a vast number of people out there sustaining a rather nasty, exploitative system, because they are off in their own private matrix's where they have a choice about things, when they don't.

Or in more TL;DR terms, three days of missed meals before revolution...


  1. That would be a quote from Nugget, over at my place in the "Nickle and Timed" discussion.

    Indeed, the need to work for money compromises a lot of things. That said, hard work is good for your soul, so it doesn't surprise me that some might approach the equation with a focus on the work rather than on the pay.

  2. The idea I see expressed in that quote is basically that there are certain things you like to do that amount to work, but your actual paying job might be totally unrelated.

    I'm quite sure it does not express the opinion that you work a paying job simply for your enjoyment, but rather that you choose the work you do based on other considerations than maximising the income per second.

    That said, once you are employed to do something you enjoy you do not want to be treated badly compared to those that do not enjoy the work, ie those that only do high quality work because they want to be paid well.

  3. Hmm, I sensed some sort of enablement in the quote, like if they want something, it appears for some reason. Not just someone choosing between what happens to be on offer.

    But I may be off in what I sensed, I'd grant.