April 17th 2020 – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Do Pro-Sports Normalize Job Turnover? –
Thaddeus Young, a small forward for the Chicago Bulls… has played with 5 different NBA teams, over the past 5 seasons. Regardless, as none sentimental as that might sound… that circumstance is commonplace in today’s NBA (National Basketball Association). Whereby, often times franchises enlist the service(s) of athletes, only to dispel that same player only 1-2 seasons later. Furthermore, while this type of contract labor presents competitive advantages, often times families and society itself… are left to suffer through agonizingly stressful un-certainty and economic insecurity, throughout that process.
“Chauncey Billups traded for Allen Iverson, to Denver.”
“Demar Derozan traded for Kawhi Leonard, to San Antonio.”
“Adrian Peterson to Washington.”
“Jeremy Scott to Adidas.”
It’s madness! It’s sheer… madness!
“Neymar to Paris Saint Germain.”
And while we as a society often seek change… particularly in the wake of defeat, this lack of continuity and seemingly weekly turnover is now becoming ingrained in our culture. So, today I ask… is that a good thing? Do you like your cities icon departing to Denver? And… do you believe that a change of personnel will make you better? Furthermore, where do we draw the line on turnover?
Because… while a change of scenery and especially acquaintances can effect a wide range of lifelong experiences, when do we know when to settle into our circumstances and, “ride it out,” instead? Especially, when every 2 weeks… our favorite player is leaving town.
Which is to say, that I believe pro-sports are normalizing job turnover and in many ways have impacted people’s attitudes towards it. Nevertheless, imagine being stuck with the same people your whole life? Can you? And in some ways, I also believe that most people… become the other people, whom they choose to spend their time around. Furthermore, in that way… social change itself, is typically positive. Nevertheless, in contrast, experiences which haven’t met your prior expectations often create a negative portrayal of change itself… and often a reluctance towards change itself.
But… how much, “job turnover,” is healthy? And how much change is good? Or, how often should we move? Google states that most Americans move cities every 5 years… but as the world becomes a more crowded place… is that a luxury or a natural occurrence?
And in conclusion, I wish that pension plans were all government subsidized and based upon yearly W2’s. Furthermore, in an era where job turnover happens at an unprecedented rate and 1/3rd of our country collects social security, when will our government just make pension plans a part of filing taxes?
-William Larsen, Civilians News Founder