Your daily pun. Swallow it quickly and you can have a spoonful of castor oil to take away the nasty taste.
I recently had cause to wonder about the word ” despise “. I encountered it reading Adam Smith’s ” Wealth of Nations ” in a section that dealt with the relationships between idle gentlemen and industrious merchants. It would appear that it is an emotion that flowed in the eighteen century in one direction in London and in exactly the opposite one in Amsterdam. The English gentry looked askance at the London commercials and the Dutch merchants were contemptuous of anyone in their society not bustling with employment.
I daresay there would have been similar circumstances in other European courts and in the various parts of the Americas. He does say that China knew nothing of this at the time – all were expected to be busy about the affairs of life. I think it is so now.
I also wonder at the relationship of regard here in Australia in the twenty-first century. I do recall the comments about ” bludgers ” heard in the 1960’s when I was fresh to the country. I formed the opinion that idleness was looked down upon then – there seemed to be a great deal to do in the development of the place and general work. I did not want to be seen in that light – fortunately the university course I was engaged in prevented any danger and there were plenty of holiday jobs to fill the year’s gaps.
Now I have arrived at an age of decent retirement. ( Though I hope I don’t have to be too decent withal…) I am not debarred from seeking employment again but….
a. I doubt employers want 70-year old people as regular workers. Our capacity to stand on our feet for 12 hours is limited – by our feet and our temperament.
b. Speaking of which, at 70 you have either got the soul of a saint or a savage. The employer may hope for one but encounter the other…We may like cats and dogs but we are not at all patient with corporate puppies, business bitches, or catty co-workers.
c. We need something that is engaging to do – we are not going to look to a slow steady progress up any corporate ladder and meteoric rises make our head spin – indeed we can get dizzy standing up quickly. We want short-term success.
d. We want that short term success in something that we are good at. Fortunately, at our age we are good at a lot of stuff, but a lot of the stuff we are good at is not done anymore.
So I think retirement will be the go. But, like the idle gentleman in Holland, I am daily cheek-by-jowl with those in paid employment – sometimes in the old trades that I followed – and the current practitioners can treat me as if I am despised. It bothered me a couple of years ago.
I am also bothered by the thought that I may risk this with people during out-of-business hours. People who have been working all day need relaxation to recruit themselves for what may be an equally hard day to come. I can see that entertaining me during the evening may not be welcome…yet there is little opportunity to meet them during the day. It is a difficult schedule to work out.
Does there necessarily have to be a barrier between the workers and the non-workers? Are those not earning debarred from contact? Is their contact merely tolerated, rather than welcomed?
I must be careful – having realised my altered relationship with the representatives of some firms, I need to stop myself from despising them in turn. You never can tell when and where you will meet – you need your emotions about you, even if your wits are scattered.