The 54th Deadline: Perception

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The 54th Deadline: For every success, for every botch, life will always give you many opportunities.
Over the years, I have had to change my perception of the world. I don’t see things like I used to, at least compared to me being some college kid with a naive mindset about how things work as a whole.

Let’s just say I just blindly believed in the “norm” that I apparently was supposed to believe in, whatever that may be.


Social commentaries.



Honestly, I was essentially a very different person years ago because I just wanted to fit in (sort of, anyway) versus trying to form my own opinions on most topics. But rightfully so, over time, I just developed my own personal stances on given topics.

Do I necessarily think my opinions are more valid than the next person? Not really.

If anything, I just chalk it up as my own perception.

For instance, I read this particular article about minimum wage increases in New York, and I really just wanted to facepalm after browsing through the comment section. I wasn’t really disgusted about the bias nature of the piece (because quite frankly, as a journalism school grad, I can tell you there will always be some kind of bias), but I think the comments really annoyed the crap out of me.

You see, the “liberal” side of me from years ago would have agreed with this article completely without a second thought.

“Oh my gosh! People should be paid more! Curse those greedy corporations! All they think about is money!”

But these days, one could say my take on this topic would be more along the lines of …

“Well, you can’t expect a business to increase the base wage of employees without some kind of consequence.”

And believe me. As someone who is by all means technically poor right now, you would think I would just rally behind any notion of just giving people more money.

However, I do believe strongly in capitalism. Capitalism is supposed to reward you if you are able to stand out from the rest of the market.

If you prove your worth that justifies an increase in pay, and then you should (hopefully) get said pay increase.

To give everyone a pat on the back and just make everyone equal is, well, a foolish notion when it comes to the grand scheme of things.

Yeah, I am a cook now. It’s my occupation. It’s how I earn my living at the moment. Do I expect to be paid the same as a doctor or lawyer? Heck no.

So until I achieve a status where I can be making really good money, whether I move on to a bigger job or figure out a way to earn extra income, I will continue to be where I am at, financially, until I invoke such a change.

Is this really all that hard to grasp of a concept? Am I making any sense?

To those of you who think minimum wage is just this arbitrary number that is set low for the sake of keeping people down, I just think that particular perception, with all due respect, is incorrect.

Instead of seeing it as a financial quagmire that is trapping you, I see it more of an incentive to work harder to climb out and really thrive.

At least, this is my perception.

Someday, I’ll have my cake and eat it too without worrying about what’s inside my bank account.


“Remember the name.” – Nhan Fiction



2 thoughts on “The 54th Deadline: Perception

  1. Chet August 6, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    Very well put. The idea that low wage is kind of a wake-up call to get your life together and work toward something bigger! O_O Also, how if there weren’t appropriate pay increases for achievement, you wouldn’t really feel inclined to improve, now would you?

    I just think it’s unfortunate that the default belief system is always “liberal”. It’s why I consider it so ignorant – if you have no knowledge whatsoever of anything, you will likely veer toward the liberal side (unless you’re ultra religious and follow the Bible, ahem, religiously!).

    Thinking for yourself will inevitably lead you to moderate viewpoints, where both liberal and conservative values intermix to form an actual individual with thoughts of their own, rather than a programmed drone. Still, the media attempts to turn more and more impressionable minds into drones in their army.


    • Nhan Fiction August 13, 2015 / 1:29 pm

      I just don’t let myself be pushed around when it comes to the political stuff. Everything isn’t black or white. It’s definitely a gray.


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