This week I was accused, on another blog, of selling out. The premiss of the argument was that because my job entails certain activities that could be considered anti-union, therefore I could not be a socialist.
To be fair to the individual involved, they are not the first person (nor can I imagine will they be the last) to accuse me of either hypocrisy or selling out. And they are probably just trying to be sensationalist and inflammatory in order to serve their own ends.
But honestly? I find this ridiculously naive and idealistic.
I have a job, which I am paid to do. I am good at it.
I have my beliefs and my ideologies. These are what make me who I am.
Sometimes in my job I have to do certain things that clash with my beliefs.
So I have a choice, I can either walk away from the job or I can get on with it and know that regardless I am who I am. I’m me and I’m loved.
And at the end of the day I am putting food on the the table and in the mouths of my children. There is nothing I wouldn’t do to ensure that they were ok. If I wasn’t working and they needed food, then I would steal. I don’t believe in breaking the law, but I would steal. Its these kinds of decisions that those of us in the real world come up against every day.
We all make compromises in order to make our way. That’s just the way it is.
My experience of these social idealists is that they normally spend most of the time lurking in their bedrooms, pleasuring themselves over well worn sticky copies of the Little Red Book, whilst dreaming of having a girlfriend/boyfriend….I mean….. the glorious day. Not a million miles away from religious zealots, war gamers or the guys that get dressed up as Wizards and Warlocks for fun.
Me? I get on with it. I work, I make a living, I care and I provide. And in my spare time? Well that would be telling……but come the revolution, I’ll be putting myself up against the wall.