I’ve recently been bugged down again by the culture of working late into the office at night and during the recent public holiday (labor day), such to an extent that it gets me thinking again on the rationale of working for such a corporation. It is the sort of corporation that shaped and designed my lifestyle that does not fit my desire. I could have walked away from it, but after thinking of all the external factors, it doesn’t seem all too easy and rationale. But I do not blame the company. I spend my weekends recharging my aching body and brainwashing my mental mind so that when the new week commences, it is an entirely fresh start to begin with.
The problem with most of these companies we are working for is that they did not make their millions and billions of their revenues by earnestly promoting the value of their products. Instead, what they did was to create a culture where it envisages the minds of hundred of millions of people to buy their products that they do not need with money that they do not have to satisfy the people that they do not like. Credit cards, starbucks and luxury goods are all culprits of such corporations in our modern society.
The reason why companies create a culture of this sort is to sustain an environment where working staffs like you and me build our lifestyle in the evenings and on weekends. You simply try to fit in your desired lifestyle into a limited time of evenings and weekends, especially after spending almost 40 to 60 hours a week on your project and work.
Advance in technology and productivity enhancement in recent years have led us to falsely believe that we might be able to work for lesser hours while producing the same amount of quantity and quality of work. But we are proven terribly wrong. Companies will take advantage of this to give us even more work and to increase more revenue for the company.
Today, we’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have, we don’t need and we don’t like. We purchase these items because it always seems like something in our life is missing.
To my dear friends who are walking the same path as me, our goal is near. We are almost there. It all seems too easy to simply give up and resigned to your fate right now. But it would not change anything and we know we can change this. We can make this happen. Perseverance is one trait that we all will have successfully learnt should we walk out as winner in this journey.