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I guess there thinking about while out eating, shopping, and traveling. Cause every restaurant, store, and hotel is packed out. What a bunch of nonsense. No one is worried about finances!!!
Let’s Go Brandon
This is, of course, derivative of standards in the workplace. Employers have successfully created an environment in which it is a faux-pas to discuss your pay, because… (big surprise!) they don’t want to pay you more. By making finance a taboo topic in the workplace, they prevent workers from discussing with one another how much each is making, often for similar or same work, and thereby prevent workers from pushing for pay equal to higher earners. All of this, obviously, in supplication to the old Protestant Work Ethic, by which economic might is economic right, and by which employers have something approaching a divine mandate to pay themselves as much as possible while paying those below them as little as possible. We’ve just secularized it and detached it from its prior religious significance in the nascence of our nation of immigrants and religious cast-offs.
So, what does this have to do with discussing finance with friends and family? We Americans work more than most other people on the planet. We work more than serfs and peasants did in medieval Europe. We spend more time away from our families and more time being influenced by the social structures at play in our working environments. As work/life balance becomes further and further eroded, so too do personal values get ground down and attrited under the values of our workplaces.
By virtue of literal, mere exposure to these values, they gradually subvert our more basic values. Because we spend so much time at work, the workplace values become our personal values. We find ourselves averse to discussing finance on a subconscious, behavioral level. Sure, we might be able to rationalize it away (for those of us who have more self-awareness than perhaps the norm) but it is ultimately an axiomatic belief that talking finance is bad. We just get used to it and it becomes our own.
All of this is in service to the same structures which are CAUSING THE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY they are simultaneously shaming us out of discussing. It’s an absolute racket. Talk about your finances with your coworkers. Normalize it. Who cares if Sally at the water cooler gives you a stink-eye for it because she’s up for promotion and is next in line to reap the benefits of that hush-hush policy?
American work culture is broken. It’s breaking what’s left of our broader, American identity as well.
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