Thursday, April 24, 2008

'Peace is more than the absence of war.'

As the recruit walked in water up to his neck, holding his rifle above his head, he knew the time was around 03:00 hrs, he had been walking for the past hour and a half and he was tired, soaking wet and he honestly knew that the run back would be hard. In the past twenty four hours he had managed to get thirty minutes sleep, it wasn't enough, every sound in the dark became a threat, his eyes were starting to play tricks on him, he just didn't know how he was carrying on, he just couldn't tell.

As he started to run, his load started to feel that much heavier, he found himself thinking that there must be an easier way to make a living. Maybe he could quit right then and there, that he wouldn't have to run the next mile and a half back to the destination, that he wouldn't have to sleep on a stone cold floor.

Thirty minutes later he was sat down resting, and at that moment if he had any feelings at all, he would have been ashamed of himself, ashamed of what he had been thinking, because at the exact moment he was complaining, brave souls were most likely enduring something far worse, for real:

Meanwhile, teachers across the country go on strike because they think they should be paid more.........


At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you suggesting that the soldiers should be paid the same as a teacher with 20ks worth of student grants to pay back? Five years worth of extended education?

If you look at it like this: Soldiers don’t pay for food, accommodation (rent/mortgage) gas, electric, heating, clothing, maintenance, property insurance, car insurance, tv licence etc.

Soldiers have considerable more money than teachers at the end of the month, after all the bills are paid.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Joe90 said...

I'm suggesting that the teachers who went on strike should take a look at that photo, and then another look at their salary, the 13 weeks paid holiday per year, and the fourty hour weeks they work.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Area Trace No Search said...

I think the people that need to look at the photo first are the thieving money grabbing buggers who keep voting for huge pay rises for themselves - our friends in the houses of Parliament.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Joe90 said...

I couldn't agree more.

At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to know where I could work a 40 hour week as a teacher. I quit teaching to work in a factory. I took a £1000 a year pay drop (yes that's all) and work half the hours. As a teacher my working week was about 70 hours per week. I'm now working a stress free 36 and 1/2 hour week and am much happier. Imagine the police being out on the streets for their entire shift then having to do ALL their paperwork in their own free time after work, that's what it's like being a teacher!

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I think the point he's making is that when you think about what's going on in the world.. how soldiers are laying down their lives and risking everything for the concept of freedom, a dispute over pay for teachers seems a little petty, no?


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