Is work dignifying, even at an early age?
Happiness is the result of effort. The absence of effort generates complacency, compliance and frustration. This reality is more palpable today more than ever before.
People want instant gratification, which as a sugar rush, goes up and down in a flash, and in turn generates dissatisfaction.
Keeping in mind that hard work is what produces fulfillment and true happiness, one could argue that one of the best ways to educate children is to teach them the importance of working hard to gain what is desired, instead of giving it to them easily and without any effort.
Amazingly, teaching people the value of work, effort and responsibility seem to have a negative connotation to many people who want to be perpetually dependent, both mentally and physically.
One case in point is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s defense of teaching kids that it is through hard work and effort that people become more productive citizens. As usual, mainstream media and so-called children’s defense groups immediately criticize Bolsonaro for what they believe is a violation of children’s rights.
“Work dignifies men and women at any age,” said Bolsonaro during a LIVE chat on Facebook. His statement caused rage among media outlets that oppose Bolsonaro and everything he says or does, no matter how positive it may be. They equaled his statement to promoting concentration camps such as that in Auschwitz, where children were forced to work under terrible conditions.
Mainstream media, especially Left-leaning fake news outlets like EL PAIS from Spain, believe that saying that “work dignifies men and women” is equal to promoting child exploitation.
The president does not hide his desire to decriminalize Brazil’s current legislation that does not allow child labor, but he would not try to do it because, as he explained, he would be massacred by these same media outlets that accuse him of promoting the exploitation of children.
Bolsonaro explains that: “When a child of nine or 10 years old and goes to work in a place full of people, it is called slave work, or child labor. But when he’s smoking a crack pipe on the street, nobody says anything.”
In Brazil, where the population of children suffers with the neglect of their parents and relatives, it would not be absurd to think that keeping these children occupied making a decent living is a better option than killing or stealing to maintain the addiction to crack. But the media call Bolsonaro an extremist because he understands that dignifying a human being, even at an early age, when the child has no choice to have a better life, is exalting.
The media lie when they accuse him of wanting children to leave school to go to work, which is a sham.
At nine and 10 years old, the current president went to work at a ranch in Sao Paulo to collect corn. “That did not hurt me at all,” explained Bolsonaro, implying that it would not be a tragedy for today’s children if they were allowed to go to work.
Today, child labor, which steals children’s time for study, is considered a crime against children’s rights, although, as the Brazilian president says, no one cares that millions of children walk the streets as junkies without any option to improve their lives. On that, the media do not feel offended.
President Bolsonaro’s temptation to decriminalize child labor is branded as slavery by writers like Juan Arias of the EL PAIS newspaper.
“It has reminded me of one of my first interviews that I did here in Brazil when I was a correspondent for EL PAÍS.” As a son of two primary school teachers, one of my concerns upon arriving in this country was to know the teaching situation,” says Arias.
According to Arias, one of the achievements of the country was to democratize education, something that was barely available to the children of wealthy parents.
Arias criticizes that children from poor families have to work to help their parents put food on the table, which perhaps would end up helping them get to school.
It seems that Arias lives in a parallel world. By many counts, the western educational system is as exploitative as Nazi concentration camps. Today’s schools not only steal children from their childhood, but they also steal their intellect, critical thinking, creativity and reasoning.
You only have to see the results of exams in developed countries, where the majority of children and young people do not know how to read or write. The same is true in countries like Brazil. For example, it is common for a foreigner who learns Portuguese to speak the language better than the Brazilians themselves, even when those Brazilians had access to education, public and private.
Another result of the educational system in Brazil is the complete dependence of millions of people, including children, on state-run programs. Millions of people sit down every day to wait for government handouts like Bolsa Familia, Vale Transporte, Cesta Básica and others. I suppose that Arias believes that being completely dependent on the government is more dignifying than being self-reliant.
In Brazil, the majority of the children and young people who enter the schools do not graduate, and if they do, results show great deficiencies in Portuguese and mathematics.
If children get to graduate from school, they are blatantly ignorant of the reality of their country and the world, and are far from being entrepreneurs or productive people. Surely ignorance and servitude to the government is more dignifying for Arias and others who criticize having to work hard to strive.
In Brazil, complacency generates complacency, and conformism generates conformism. There are mothers who get pregnant 5 times so they can receive government aid equivalent to five minimum salaries, an amount of money that only someone with a high university degree can earn; that is if you find work that actually pays it.
For Arias, not having access to education promoted by the State is a sign of illiteracy. He probably does not recognize that school programs turn people into intellectual and technological illiterates after going through 12 to 16 years in the educational system, and that when finishing their studies they are as obsolete for the labor market as a ship moved on coal.
President Bolsonaro has never defended child labor to the detriment of studying and knowledge. That is a straw man invented by the tabloid press and the left-wing kooks who write for it.
In the 21st century, it is preferable that a child works to help his illiterate parents and himself to have a better future than to end up on the streets asking or stealing to keep his addiction to crack.
The embarrassment is not to say that the work is dignifying, especially in a poor country like Brazil, where millions live in extreme misery – although Arias believes it is a rich and modern country – but to say that teaching the value of work to a human being is a crime.
But that’s how left-wing kooks like Arias think. They trace their hatred for themselves and reflect it in their hatred for others.