|My apologies, Steve. I completely missed the industrial applications. I thought that you are in healthcare. |
Like Ayn Rand, I question whether people need guns and am open to the government requiring licensing and registration of firearms owners. But it is, as Rand noted, a complex issue, and I have no package solution for the many cases.
Unlike most people, I do not have one job and seldom have had only one. These are tough times. I write. Not only do I work as a technical writer, I have published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles these past 30 years, one or two every month or two. As I said above, I worked some this year as a technical writer on a software project. It is what I did for many years before the Dot.Com Meltdown. When that work got hard to find, I picked up more of the kinds of jobs I often did: fork lift driver, sales clerk in a science museum, substitute teacher -- and then security guard. I did well at security. When my wife and I decdied to complete the four-year degrees we never needed before, I took "Ethics for Criminal Justice" and did well at that, as it was, after all, a class in applied philosophjy. So, I finished a bachelor of science and then a master of arts.
Working as a security guard on a college campus gave me access to the labs after hours. (See "Quentin Daniels" in Atlas Shrugged.) In fact, you ought to read Atlas Shrugged. The author suggests that if the men of hte mind refuse to work for their own enslavement, the looter regimes will collapse.
I apologize, also, for any ambiguity in my post above. I was not denigrating the technical demands of your career, only your choice of market application, which I misunderstood. It remains, however, that you choose to live in Canada, so you have no right to complain about the taxes. Taxes are much lower here and immigration to Texas is a piece of cake. No one asks any questions. I offer my I-9 papers and they are waved off for "later."
But if you wish to think less of me because my income as a security guard seems not to require much intelligence, then the next time one of your industrial sites has a problem like a fire, you probably will expect that anyone could handle it and maybe the clericals and sales force could put the fire out if they are not too busy.
Here on RoR the selfishly self-centered have had a hard time grasping the following idea, but the fact is that anyone who puts on the semiotic clothing of a protective service - army, emergency medical, fire, the whole spectrum - has agreed to a social contract that may require the sacrifice of self to save others. No one throws their life away, but I go into the places that other people leave. When an infrastructure alarm goes off, I check to make sure that it is safe for the engineers to fix it. You're welcome.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 11/14, 6:34am)