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If wealth was the result of hard work . . .

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Real work is measured in ergs. An erg is the amount of energy spent by one beetle in climbing a wall one centimeter in height. By that measure, the people who do the hardest manual labor would earn the most ergs.
Real value is measured in the time spent in making a particular product.early socialists argued for what they called the 'Labor Wage', whereby one would be 'paid' in 'time credits', which could be exchanged for products. Example: A typical automobile has around 1,800 hours of labor that goes into it. Therefore, you'd work 1,800 hours; and be able to buy a new car. By the Labor Wage, those who worked the most hours would be able to buy the most stuff.
Under either system, the average worker would be getting a fairer deal.


Wealth has different meanings to different people. Hard work also has different meanings to different people. Working hard and working smart - together - can result in myriad outcomes. To some, wealth might simply mean to live comfortably and safely, while to others it means to have expensive material goods and being able to travel. My own personal wealth means that I can live very comfortably, afford to go wherever and do whatever I want, give generous gifts (checks) to my children, have the toys or material items that make me happy, and that when my time is up, my children will inherit significant financial assets. That said, my true wealth is that I HAVE those children!!

Rustee Level 7 Feb 19, 2019

"hard" isn't the key....."smart" work is the key...and, yes, working both hard and smart at the same time is the best answer.

I suppose that is why all teachers are millionaires.

@THHA Sadly our society does not pay our educators and protectors as they should. While our entertainers (movie stars, athletes) are paid enormous sums.


Donald Trump would be poor in that case.

snifflz Level 7 Feb 19, 2019

All wealth is the product of Labor!

davknight Level 7 Feb 19, 2019

Hard work does create wealth in a economic system. Innovation creates massive wealth in an economic system. To compare work to innovation is ignorant. A false analogy promoted by the intellectually inept.

No one mentioned innovation, compared work to innovation, and, innovation does not necessarily lead to wealth for people, more often it leads to wealth for corporations, that is it. A false analogy promoted by the intellectually inept.

@THHA Plenty of innovators have been left penniless by those who controled them.


There’s actually a joke that goes like
( boss ) Exiting his new Lamborghini.

(Young employee). Wow Mr.Smith that’s one amazing car and I can only hope that one day I’ll have one of my own.

( Mr.Smith) Well if you work really hard, don’t get sick and don’t take any time off for your family. Then I’ll be able get a new one next year.

48thRonin Level 8 Feb 19, 2019

But it isn’t.


The old saying:. When someone says they got rich through hard work, ask them, "Whose hard work?"

Rudy1962 Level 9 Feb 19, 2019

I will definitely use that. Thank you!

Beautiful quote. But it raises the question; Is it ever right to profit off of other peoples' work? If you by organizing and improving their opportunities thereby increase their earning power, do you have a right to profit from that? We nee to keep in mind the principle, "There are only two ways to get wealth; work for it or steal it." We all have inherited a huge of wealth. We either work to deserve it or steal it from our ancestors.

@chucklesIII you're welcome

@JohnTurner I would say it's like most everything, it is on a spectrum. If the owner or CEO is making like 100 to 1000 times the wage of the workers...Well then Houston, we have a problem.


Hard work doesn’t make you wealthy. Hopefully our young men and women aren’t drinking that kool aid.

MsHoliday Level 8 Feb 19, 2019

Hard work in the right endeavor certainly CAN result in wealth, but not ALL hard work.

Obviously not . . . . 99% of them do not ALL work hard . . . . 1% of them do work hard . . . Like the owners of Walmart, who refuse to pay their employees a living wage, to the point where they have to apply for food stamps, then the average American picks up the tab for them when they pay their taxes, people like Jeff Bezos who does the same kind of crap, so yes, some people really work hard at RIPPING off their workers, and creating a greater tax burden on average Americans, therefore ripping them off, and then paying no taxes whatsoever, in fact, getting a fucking tax refund! So yea, you can make money in the "right endeavor", and become wealthy, but it really begs the question, who are you fucking over in the process? Granted, there are some honorable people out there who do earn what they work for, like many doctors, nurses. But there are others who SHOULD be able to make a good living who are not, especially teachers. Anyone who works an eight hour day should be able to make a decent living, even if they are cleaning toilets. In the 1970's, it was possible for one man to work an eight hour day and support a family, and we had no advanced technology like computers, and nowadays, we have all kinds of advanced technology, and the standard of living is lower, it takes both the husband and the wife to make a good living, if they can at all . . . so you can go on about working hard in the right endeavor all you want, but the statistics pretty clear on where the problems are, and where they are created.


So true and so unrecognized. Show this to all career deciding young people.

Louiseann Level 6 Feb 19, 2019

Maybe compared to the slothful inhabitants of the village, they ARE wealthy! You have no idea of what the true circumstances are there, so who are you to judge these people as to how wealthy they might or might not be? Or if they are working too hard for the little pay you think they are getting? If they make 10 trips a day hauling a valuable commodity for their village, they are probably quite well off as compared to the ones who produce and trade very little in their community! They aren't barefoot, and their clothes aren't rags, so I would hazard a guess that they were at least middle class for their group.
Wealth is measured by more than just cash in the back pocket or purse, you know! Working hard is just as important as working smart.

Logician Level 7 Feb 19, 2019

You break your back hauling twigs ten times a day then,

It is sickening that women in some countries agree to be mules like this.

@BufftonBeotch women always do whatever they have to do to feed their children and survive.

@BufftonBeotch I don't haul twigs, but I used to work in a fairly dangerous job at the power company. The company has to insure its workers because no underwriter would ever dare to write paper on us. It's as dangerous a job as being an astronaut or race car driver! Too many risks involved there. Think about it. We were paid well, because any day on the job just might be our last.
I'm sure that those women would be glad to take on a less grueling task, but you don't know how far they are hauling that wood. It might be only 1/4 of a mile, not 14 miles. How do you know that their husbands aren't doing an even more arduous task to support the family? Do you think that all of them are sitting at home doing nothing?
Who can say from one picture that they agreed to be a mule? What if they were forced into it because they had no other options? If you are so upset over the situation with your panties in a knot tougher than a diamond, why don't you donate enough money for them to buy a mule and a wooden cart to haul the firewood in? Wouldn't that make you feel a lot better than decrying a situation you know nothing about? Or do I need to shut up because I'm making too much damn sense here?



Long time ago when I was in Sri lanka on holidays. In the restaurant which did not have aircon, some of the European people were complaining that the service was too slow, the waiters weren't moving fast enough for them. I was astounded, but did not say anything I just could not believe what I heard.

Jolanta Level 8 Feb 18, 2019

So it isn't only the 'Ugly American' tourists who are asses?!? I hate that sort of rudeness!

@Rustee No, there are asses everywhere, and I think that the reason people around the world talk about the "ugly American" is because so many Americans are incredibly loud and they know everything when they are overseas. I do have to tell you that they are not all like that, I have met many very nice ones and when I have been to the US I find most people very hospitable.

@Jolanta - my ex-husband was embarrassingly ugly sometimes when we traveled - refusing to try to converse in their language, and expecting them to know English. I, on the other hand, always made the effort to not only be polite and appreciative of any action or service, but tried to convey my desires or gratitude in their language. I never minded someone smiling at my pronunciation or grammar, and they always seemed to appreciate my effort. Shouldn't we all be polite when visiting someone's homeland?!? Thanks for your kind words about Americans, I appreciate it!

@Rustee There are some ugly Australians too. Once when we were in China in a typical Chinese restaurant in the sticks somewhere one of the group members refused to eat as the restaurant did not have a fork. He sat there, arms crossed looking angry. Everybody else used the chopsticks, not always successfully but still did it and delicious it was too. We did feel embarrassed on his behalf.

@Jolanta - Gee, if that tourist was so dead-set on only using a fork, perhaps he should've brought his own, or tried another ethnic restaurant. Perhaps one that uses FINGERS instead of utensils?!?

@Rustee You know some people should just stay at home and eat fish and chips or whatever they are use to eating and just watch TV.


45 would be a pauper.

KKGator Level 9 Feb 18, 2019

Can you imagine those teeny weeny hands successfully using a hammer?

@BufftonBeotch No. No, I cannot.

@BufftonBeotch What kind of hammer? A twelve pound sledge hammer like I used to swing, or a little hammer for nailing bird houses together or tacking done carpeting?



I hope it isn't the Sabbath.

Numbers 15:32-36 New King James Version (NKJV)
Penalty for Violating the Sabbath
32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.

35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.

(Such wisdom in the Bible!)

I call it what it is, bull shit.

Ah, the good book!

If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. And they shall say to the elders of his city, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear. (Deuteronomy 21:18–21)

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