Better to be a grafter, than a grifter! -J Allday
Better to be a grafter, than a grifter! -J Allday
The Working Class-
Standing on my own two feet.
I realised a long time ago that my role and standing amongst a certain element of society allows me a unique opportunity to make a more authentic/ patriotic contribution; I freely admit it, I’m a nationalist not a globalist, and it's been proven that I'm as loyal as they come and there for my own. Let's be honest, there's always been a prejudice towards the non-elites of industry and what the papers call the working-class. This same prejudice, I've also found exists towards kids and young adults from council estates and inner-city neighbourhoods. What the press (largely) ignores, and is not as appreciated as it should be, is that it’s the same working class who form the backbone of any industry; some of history's most notable and innovative people have come from my background.
Any business leader who employs the same people would be lying if they said they were in it solely for a moral purpose, as business is about profit, and that same profit enables a person of a working class community (the same people they employ) to not be a burden on either society or the government. It then baffles me that there's often such negative scrutiny towards someone from my background getting ahead, as there seems, to me, more of a cultural expectancy towards working-class failure and simply living a meek existence, than there is congratulations for rising above their background and circumstances.
Anyone who’s being honest would have to admit, that watching someone else succeed is a motivational tool; if you aren't encouraged by someone else's success, maybe you’re not meant to be playing a part of the competitive world to begin with. To show apathy, malice or a bitterness is a weakness, and in my view, that mind-set will hurt you more than any competitor. But unfortunately, you see that attitude everywhere, and it’s particularly bad amongst the working-class. Those people, my people, should be less demanding on those in power; self-sufficiency and reliance is something that’d place us all in a more commendable position. Failing this, we will continue to turn on each other and look for solutions to problems in the wrong places. Drinking poison in the hope that someone else gets sick … that’s just moronic.
Stand on your own two feet
Yet I think it's fair to understand that if you’re a lazy so-and-so, you're not going to be compensated by those who are already successful, and why should you be? We're a competitive species, and competition can be a healthy part of the process. Look at the sports we love, like boxing or football. How many times have you seen an unfancied team or fighter giving an effort which leaves you wondering where it came from? You often see competitors give a better performance against the opposing person(s) if that person or team is better than them. It’s a part of our nature. The competitive spirit; it teaches you to operate at any speed, and where some see arrogance, I see confidence.
A Wolf isn't Afraid of a Barking Dog
The famous quote, “business is business, and it's nothing personal!” is one that I like and can say is an honest motto. I once read that someone claimed it was offensive and that you should assume everything is personal, but that simply proves that the world is full of people who think all competition should be outlawed, however, the fact is, that mindset sets you back. It’s not just the law of the jungle that says only the strongest survive; it’s a fact of genetics and evolution and it’s clearly seen in everyday life. I'd say every documented living species is a testament to success and survival itself is the greatest measure of success that there is. The biggest and strongest companies didn't get to the top of the pile by giving in to other, less successful companies by adhering to what’s “politically correct” and worrying about other’s feelings! Working-class people are often the centre of this, and I often think it’s time more of us were awake to that and to the role we can play in shaping our own destiny, instead of hoping that someone else will do it for us. That survival, that competitive instinct is in all of us.
Patriotism is also something I identify with - my philosophy is that you should be proud of your heritage, as much as you should be of your personal accomplishments. By this I mean I'm proud to be born in England, but of course that’s simply an accident of birth. But if you add a sense of your work efforts and accomplishments, that not only compliments you as a person but also your culture. I grew up in a world that didn't see working class people as more than barrow traders or factory workers, and why should I fit that narrative? I didn't want to limit myself to the cliché of a London working-class expectancy, one of subservience to our supposed pay masters. I understood that the working-class are the essence of, and responsible for the success of the country and I wanted a piece of that action for myself. I'm a person who identifies with and has an appreciation of our culture.
My life and the friendships I have within certain circles justifies my choices. I'm what could be called a home-grown product. I gain a sense of empowerment by being a contributor to the country through effort. I could easily wave the flag, maintaining that identity, but it’s about more. I chose to live by a set of beliefs and I think that’s my way of reinvesting in the “English way,” as I see a void in mainstream society that needs filling. It's very easy to stir up the disenfranchised, but that is where trouble starts and certain types of government succeed.
Make Your Mark
Neither life nor work was ever meant to be easy and the biggest risk takers across the country set standards, not by complaining, but by proving that they are willing to put one foot in front of the other. If it's the leaders of industry that concern you, remember there are more pawns than kings. Real change, for the better, starts with the individual. Working-class people need to stop knocking those who’ve made the climb, and get their own feet on the ladder. That’s the way – perhaps the only way - to make things better.
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