“Have you ever thought of crossing?”
Signs, chants, and anger fill the air as men and women stand outside and march to the unfair treatment of their organizations. Either unfair, or upset at layoffs from their company of employment. Now, my question is, do you feel the person or people who decide to cross the picket line, are traitors? Are these people selfish because they choose to come to work and not stand out in the cold with you? For me, I think it depends on the situation of the person or people not willing to cross the picket line. You don’t know why they are choosing not to cross the line. It could be for reasons outside of being selfish.
The number one reason for crossing the line is because you people who have to generate an income. And for that reason alone you can’t truly be too upset at the person who cross. In this society, anyone who can make an income for themselves is a blessing. So if you work for an organization where jobs are being cut, and you make the cut, it’s best to just keep working. Because it all boils down to if they would leave their jobs for you. So every man for himself and God for us all type of thought process. That doesn’t mean you don’t care if someone can eat at night. It just means you have to worry about your immediate situation first.
Well, what about the people who cross because they genuinely don’t care. There are those people who are out in society that are the cut throat types that could care less. They look at life like, I got it, you don’t, and too bad if you starve. Not only too bad, but I’m going to take more than I need. This form of greed is the reason why initially, so many people decide to protest . There is usually an issue with management at an executive level that causes people to picket. The ones at the top take so much for themselves yet say we need to make cutbacks. But if they’re making cutbacks, then how come executives are getting their bonuses.
See, for me living in New York City, you see a lot of protest. Whether the people are protesting some politician/s or some multinational corporation. They either protest as a small group of ten to twenty people (small businesses) or even in the hundreds of thousands (Occupy Wall Street). I fall somewhere in the middle as it pertains to picketing. Meaning it’s hard to care when you’re so busy trying to keep a roof over your own head. Yet at the same time, you have to cultivate a skill for yourself in society. A skill that if you do lose your job you can move on to a different one. But we as people get comfortable with daily life. We go to sleep and wake up assuming there is going to be something there for us. And when that something is stripped away we panic. You just have to keep pushing, even on a job, and never get complacent. Otherwise the changes in America will always leave you destitute and helpless.