When you get up in the morning, what are you worried about?
For most of us, there are degrees of worry. You may be predominantly worried about some work task, but on a different level, you might be worried about, say, terrorism.
You’re concerned about both, of course, but there are layers of that concern.
The big picture: Workers are burned out not just by their jobs but by the cultural drama around them — fallout from the Trump presidency, continued police shootings, and the consequences of Jan. 6.
That’s right. People aren’t interested in working because of what happened at the Capitol on January 6th or because of police shootings.
Now, I’m not saying people don’t have some degree of concern for that sort of thing. Sure, many do, but is it enough to convince them not to bother showing up for work and just live off of unemployment for as long as possible? Is that really the “big picture” we’re looking at?
Well, sure…if you’re an idiot.
Here’s what National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke had to say on the subject.
Once again, I must ask: Has the average member of the press corps ever actually met anyone in America?
This isn’t a conservative-vs.-progressive thing. It’s not a Republican-vs.-Democrat thing. It’s not a coastal-elite-vs.-flyover-country thing. It’s not even a Trump thing. It’s a journalists-vs.-normal-people thing. Outside of the narcissistic and incestuous Thunderdome that houses the American media, it remains the case that people simply do not think in the way that the Beltway-media class believes they do. They are not traumatized by the daily news. They do not make key life decisions based upon the behavior of the president, nor wait for him to leave office before deciding that they are so disturbed that they no longer wish to work. They are not fixated upon the latest congressional MacGuffin or the implications of a given riot or the occasional mistakes of the police. And when they are looking to enjoy a good “cultural drama,” they do not look for it in the same places as the editors of the Washington Post do.
He’s not wrong, either.
Look, people have those concerns. However, those of us who live knee-deep in these trenches can develop a pretty warped perspective of what’s really impacting people.
Besides, even if Axios actually got it right—they didn’t, but bear with me for a sec—what does that matter to employers who can’t get workers? January 6th wasn’t their fault. The Trump administration wasn’t either, nor are police shootings.
Of course, if this were correct, I’d say the employers are dodging a bullet.
But, of course, that’s not it.
Employees are worried about paying bills. The government is giving them a nice chunk of change extra for staying at home, making it so many make more by not going to work.
That’s it. That’s the big picture here.
For most people, if they could make more staying at home than they would by going to work, they’d stay home every single time. They’d think you’re an idiot if you didn’t.
I won’t say they’re right, but I will say that I see their point.
Most people aren’t motivated by their work, they’re motivated by their paycheck, after all.
What they’re not motivated by, though, is anxiety because reality doesn’t conform to the leftist worldview. Hell, most of them aren’t even leftist themselves. They, like so many other Americans, agree with the left on some stuff, with the right on others, and generally fall somewhere in between on the political scale.
As such, why would they feel burnout over the Trump administration which is no longer in power? Why would they feel any anxiety over police shootings that don’t really impact them?
Sure, there are exceptions. There always are.
But Axios and so many other journalists really do think that the people they know from inside their bubble represent the real America. They don’t really know any of the people who aren’t looking for work because they’re getting more from unemployment. I do, but they don’t.
Frankly, they think the echo chambers that surround them are the totality of human experience, except for those aliens who take the opposite position.
What’s hilarious? These same people don’t understand why people no longer trust the media anymore.
Yep. It’s a mystery.
For the average American, what they’re worried about falls on a spectrum, but what impacts them and theirs. They care about their health, their safety, and their comfort first and foremost, but not necessarily in that order. Much beyond that, they’re not as concerned about it.
For example, lots of people were worried about terrorism after 9/11, but most people in most industries didn’t just stop coming to work because of their anxiety over it. The only people who did were in fields where they were likely to be targeted, and we’re talking about remarkably few of those.
That’s because while people were worried about it, they were worried in a more general sense. They were worried about the possibility of it happening again, but only the most insane made it so their entire lives revolved around it.
Journalists, though, don’t talk to those people. They look down their noses at those people. They celebrate how President Biden said they were the nation’s brightest and think that gives them some lofty position in the world.
As a result, they think the political thinking that drives them drives everyone else. It’s a delusion and one that they won’t let go.