Working for Electrons
People ask me what I do for a living.
I write documents and fill out forms. Basically, I push paper.
But I really don’t even do that. I sit at a computer and tap on a keyboard.
This affects the flow of electrons to my monitor, which changes the appearance of black and white symbols being projected on my screen.
I do this again and again, until the symbols seem just about right.
Than I press “Save”, and a spinning plastic disc inside my machine is slightly magnetized.
Or I might press “Send” and someone else’s spinning plastic disc gets magnetized on another computer.
This is what I do, 37.5 hours a week.
It’s all very abstract, when you think about it.
After all, I don’t produce anything of any intrinsic value. Nothing that I can hold in my hand, or barter with, or eat.
I mean..a farmer can show bushels of produce they’ve grown. A carpenter can look at the house they’ve built. A steel worker can point to metal ingots, and say “I helped make that”.
But what do I have to show at the end of my workday?
Nothing…except a spinning plastic disc inside my compute, that’s magnetized in a slightly different way than the day before.
But it’s not all bad.
Because every two weeks, the Big Computer at work sends a stream of electrons to the Big Computer at the bank. And then the banks’ spinning plastic disc is magnetized.
And this magnetic fields tells everyone that I can live in my house for another month, and enjoy satellite TV, electricity, central heating and running water.
And I can change this magnetic field with another magnetized plastic square, in order to buy food, gas for my car, or even go on an airplane to a great vacation somewhere.
So that’s basically what I do.
I divert the flow of electrons and magnetize spinning plastic discs.
And I get paid in electrons, which magnetizes other spinning plastic discs.
And in exchange, I have a pretty comfortable lifestyle.
Funny how it works that way.