Jobs (and why we don’t want them)

When I imagine my future, I imagine going to a college (possibly a UC), probably taking a job while I’m in college (working at a store or restaurant probably), and then graduating and finding a job in the same field as my major (whatever that ends up being, probably something in biology). Nowhere do I picture myself being a farmer. It doesn’t really matter how much I got paid, I could never really imagine myself being a farmer for a few reasons: 1) I want to make a difference with my job and being a farmer won’t do that, 2) I won’t get a job as a farmer while I’m in college since I don’t feel like it could work around my probably busy schedule, and 3) once I graduate and get a degree I won’t want to waste that on becoming a farmer. Also, if I were to get a random job after college I would want one that has room for growth, something farming doesn’t really have (you know, other than all the growing the plants do). So, I can definitely understand why so many people in America don’t want to take up a job in farming, according to this article.

But, just because I don’t want the job and understand why other people don’t, doesn’t mean that the job positions don’t need to be filled. But we can’t really blame all of the individuals, instead we should look more at society as a whole and how it has taught all of us not to want to take that sort of job. It is because of people like Trump who believe that jobs like farming belong (or belonged) entirely to illegal immigrants and “bad hombres” that many people don’t want to take those jobs, they were taught that they were for people who had it worse than them and still feel like those people will be here to do it for them. But, because of Trump’s immigration crack down those people are no longer here but still no one wants to take those jobs because of the preconceived notion everyone has of them. But, maybe this could turn out to be a good thing. I can see this going a few different ways. One thing that could happen, probably worst scenario, is no one fills the jobs and eventually the farming industry collapses and we have severe problems with food. But, the other more likely scenarios are that we either start to understand that all jobs can be equal and eventually people are more accepting of all jobs, or we revamp the entire farming industry for one that becomes more sustainable and is better for everyone in the end. No matter what, all I know is something needs to change.

 

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Time

Time is endless. There was a point at which the universe started and a point when the universe will end meaning time only has a short period in which it is actually useful, but all in all time is relatively endless. So why do humans always try to control, manipulate, and use time. Much like I talked about in my Constraints post, I believe that we really just try to use time because of how afraid we are of it. We realize that time ultimately controls us and there’s nothing we can do to actually change it or make a difference in it, but we put deadlines on things and rush people because of how short our life seems in comparison to all time. Really we just try to understand time and make the most of it, but we end up doing is causing more problems. We rush life and take away its meaning and fun because we always worry about running out of time. And this applies to so many things, from balancing work and play to eating and drinking. Yes, you read that right, we put time constraints on eating and drinking.

The dictionary definition of the expired is: (of a document, authorization, or agreement) cease to be valid, typically after a fixed period of time. And we use this word to describe our food and drinks after a certain amount of time, but how do we figure out that time. The definition says something that is expired “ceases to be valid” but isn’t that subjective when it comes to food? If it isn’t going to kill or even hurt you to eat or drink a certain thing after a certain time why do we put an expiration date on it. This video¬†goes more in depth on that question and talks about how much food is wasted simply because we put a random date telling consumers when to throw it away. One problem I have with the video, though, is that it doesn’t talk that much about the solutions to this problem. While it does mention and list a few different ideas that could be used to find a solution, it never actually describes what should be done. So, here are my thoughts: I believe that expiration dates should be controlled federally (simply to avoid any confusion), only be placed on foods that actually become dangerous after a certain time (people can decide for themselves when to throw out something that just tastes bad), and should have a scientific backing that is presented on a public site so everyone can view it. I feel like this could be a very good solution to the problem and extremely cut down on food waste in the US. I know firsthand that food waste is a big problem when it comes to expiration dates because my family does not throw away expired things, but whenever I bring expired food to school my friends always tell me that I should throw it out because it’s bad. But, maybe throwing it out is worse.