Why are we so poor? Why do we constantly need more and more money? Why can’t we live like rich people? Every Russian has asked themselves these questions at one point or another.
Why is this the case? Working people are often answered with phrases like «you need to work harder», «raise your qualifications», and «to make good money, you need to go into business».
Is there any truth in these replies? What is really the root of this problem and what does one do about it?
«You are poor because you need to work harder.»
This is a very common reply. It is spoken on the TV, all over the Internet, by your friends and your boss. This answer is simple and, at the same time, unbelievable, because we work for about 10-12 hours in a day, 6 days in a week(and even 7!), 12 months in a year, in not the best conditions, but we still can’t earn more money. Your boss pays you a low salary, but drives around in a prestigious foreign car. There are a lot of cases when an employer refuses to pay for your hard work at all! This situation happens very often in our country, and no one is going to judge and punish this thievery.
«You are a low-skilled employee.»
All too often the employer has a response for these low salaries. “You want to increase your salary? Improve your skills!” – he says. Hah, it’s easy to say “improve your skills”. Raising one’s qualifications is undoubtedly a very difficult procedure. It is necessary to pass special courses, and, of course, pay for them. A simple worker doesn’t have enough money to satisfy even his basic needs, let alone improving his skills. But the boss does not give a damn about it. What is the capitalist’s motivation? Profit, profit and once again profit.Do you think such stereotypical “capitalists” are not real? Oh, they are! For businessmen wages are a cost of business. And they are interested in minimizing these costs whenever possible. It is quite logical that the lower the worker’s salary, the greater the profit the business owner reaps.