Darrell Hougen Posted March 5, 2015 Share Posted March 5, 2015 I would not advise someone to be a coal miner. Darrell, I come from coal miners (a little town called Coeburn, Va., in Wise County). My grandfather on back, and God know who else among my antecedent family, were coal miners. Back when it was dangerous for real. There is nothing shameful about that profession. Honest work. Good people. Good product. There was nothing wrong with the profession back then, either. It sure beat the dickens out of starving in the backwoods. That was a real reality at the time. If Howard Roark could work in a rock quarry, what's so anti-Objectivist about working in a coal mine? Michael Michael, Being a coal miner is indeed an honorable profession. I just wouldn't advise my sons to go into it because I know the risks --- cave ins, poison gas, black lung disease. There is nothing "anti-Objectivist" about coal mining. Sorry, if I gave the impression that that is what I meant. But, when it comes to giving advice to a person about the career he should pursue, his expected payoff, both in monetary and health terms is important. Living a principled existence is also important, but I would argue that it is important because of how it bears on other considerations, like ones probability of staying alive. In my opinion, people feel a great deal of angst or anguish when they stray from the straight and narrow because they know, deep down, that lying, cheating, and stealing are likely to come back to bite them later. They also know that in abandoning a principled existence, they are likely to become lost --- to not know which way to turn or why. Life without principles becomes a frenetic and bewildering series of calculations about when to lie, cheat, steal, or even kill, that almost invariably leads downhill to destruction. That is what people fear more than anything --- being morally lost. Of course, one wrong turn doesn't mean the end is nigh. The solution is to claw ones way back to a principled life, but that isn't always easy or possible. Darrell Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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