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[–] CatsControlTheEU 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

A lack of an education does not necessarily mean someone is unintelligent. We all know there are plenty of rabid 'college graduates' and even 'PhDs' that seem like they have the IQ of a toilet roll. Even though I cannot deny that a truck driver statistically is not often a genius, there are definitely exceptions.

I've met plenty of people who worked labor jobs who would no doubt be in the top 10 or 5% of the population in terms of general intelligence. Plus, I'm of the firm belief that every individual, if they have the capability to do so regardless of their station in life or intelligence should partake in some laborious work once in a while even if it is as simple as building a shed in your yard.

A truck driver though they are not some master chemist or rocket scientist has a role in society. They work and frankly when there are millions that just leech off the system and others teaching gender studies I find their job respectable

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[–] CatsControlTheEU 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I didn't think you were knocking physical labor, I definitely understand your point and I commend you for your differentiation between 'academia' and 'education' and although I don't think it particularly matters, I did not downvoat you.

Out of all of the of the jobs out there it's not a particularly revered one and for reason. I was just trying to point out that assuming someone's capability just because of their job would be a huge mistake. There are many paths in life that can lead a well to do and intelligent individual to become a truck driver or do other simple labor jobs, be it out of necessity as my grandfather did during WW2 as a teenager or for any other thing life throws at someone.

But an additional point I'm trying to make is that I find that there are two different fields that determine whether or not I respect someone's occupation. Sure, there are people like inventors, doctors, engineers. Those are vital and meaningful jobs for society and those who hold such occupations will always be commended for that reason alone.

And this is where my second level of criteria comes in.

We may one day get rid of the aspect of 'truck driving' and it's not necessarily particularly meaningful in the grand scheme of things, but drivers spend hours on the road doing hard work.

I read this story of a man in India, who spent many years carving steps into the mountainside around his village just so that his kids could safely go to the local school. In reality, a team of construction workers with some machinery could have probably done the same thing he did in maybe two weeks or less.

Likewise, there are people in the world who will travel many miles just to bring fresh water back to their village. With even 2,500 years old ancient Roman technology that problem could be remedied with ease. If you think about it, that's literally just driving a 'truck' filled with water but without the truck.

But that's the thing, while those two 'jobs' are not particularly meaningful to the grand scheme of things, and can easily be replaced with more efficient or better methods, it still stands that an individual took the time to work hard to accomplish something be it something as small as carrying a bucket of water for a few miles to driving a truck filled with Q-tips. With that, I find it very difficult to criticize people for their occupation, hard work is hard work regardless of how meaningful that work may be.

And believe me I'm definitely not one of those "everyone gets a reward for participating" people. It's just that in this world many people have become lazy, they demand things for free and I feel that this kind of mentality is what ultimately leads to a downfall of a civilization. So to me, it's not just about the physicality of hard physical labor that is so appealing, but the nature behind the work. When I build a shed I enjoy it because I feel as if I've actually accomplished something that I can physically visualize.

There was no shed, and now there is a shed. Simple yet rewarding.

As someone with a desk job which consists of a lot of statistic sheets and number crunching, my work goes into the construction and design of entire cities. But I don't get to physically put some steel beams together and call it something, I don't even see the work site let alone the city itself for many years. So sometimes the simple physical things helps to keep me feeling good.