Monday, November 05, 2007

Have You Had Your Break Today?

Many companies in the U.S. participate in programs that empower the mentally handicapped (or challenged). These companies provide jobs for those suffering with mental disablities which in turn gives these special employees a boost their self esteem, self worth, and ego. "Look, mom, I'm working just like everybody else. I'm wasting my life just like the rest of the people in this country so board members can by jet planes! Jet planes are fun."

On the surface these seems like a great idea. McDonalds hires a few mentally challenged people those people feel great and McDonalds gets a tax break. There is only one problem. What about the employees who do not suffer from mental disablities? How do you think they feel knowing someone with 70 IQ can do the same job as them? What about their self-esteem and ego? These people with a solid 100 point IQ score or perhaps higher had to fill out an application and have an interview maybe two interviews to land this job and now it turns out that anyone can do that job. Deep-frying french fries isn't as challenging as these employees once thought. Scanning the price on Wal-mart merchandise, a once seemingly complicated task, is now understood as simple. All I'm saying is that people with "normal" mental activity out number those who have dimished capabilities and yet we don't think of their sense of pride, self-worth, and self-esteem.

I think we need to stop and think things through before we go around throwing our money at charities, some charities are hurtful.

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