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Vacation?  What is that?
I’m seeing lots of articles about vacation time, etc on that thing I like to call the interweb, the past week. I guess because it’s almost summer (well, for us in Texas, it already is) and this is when most people in the world other than the US of A actually take a vacation. It makes me sick to read how people in Europe receive between 4 and 11 paid weeks off per year. It’s pathetic that we Americans in comparison receive 2 weeks. Even more pathetic is how many of us simply don’t use or take vacation time. And studies have shown that the claim that America is more “productive” as a result is utter nonsense. Factor in an economy that is in the toilet at the hands of the very “employers” we slave for and that’s where the guilt/fear tactic is used to discourage Americans from taking deserved, needed, and earned time off. It has been an employers market for a long time and because of that, they know they can squeeze and screw the American worker bee any way they want to. We’re expected to “check in” via phone, email, blackberry, etc even if we do manage to take some time off. The audacity of it all is incredible to me. You’ll hear the argument that we get paid much more than they do in other countries. Pfff…keep your extra pennies I say. Work, work, work and amass all that wealth for what if you don’t have the time or are allowed the time by your masters to actually enjoy the fruits of your labor. Time is priceless and I would opt for even less pay if I could have a whole month off every year. It has an effect on the collective consciousness and culture of a nation and is just another testimony to our angry, dissatisfied, depressed, arrogant, and ignorant society. Only 30% of our citizens have a passport. No wonder we’re so clueless of the world around us and when we do go abroad; we demand and complain that it’s not like “home”. I guess we’d rather sit on our couches and watch more TV. With the erosion of the middle-class, it is only the rich who can afford to “get away” anymore. It also makes me question the concept of “freedom”. Being a “no-vacation nation” to me is the anti-thesis of freedom. It is a way for the machine to keep people in its clutches and rob them of opportunity to broaden their knowledge and horizons. It’s summer time folks…give the man the finger and get out there and enjoy it. Time is precious, travel is knowledge, and relaxation is food for the mind, body, and soul.
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