The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
A bus driver.
When this diary talks about social mobility, the underlying assumption is that people want to go up the social ladders, and not down. Of course going down is generally easier and with less blockades hence we don't talk about it too much.
Not being anymore in the Netherlands I didn't really experience the whole ruckus around the Dutch future-bus driver - but the fact that there was ruckus and I read about it made we wonder. What was so puzzling that someone wanted to become a bus driver? Clearly this guy's talent could be put to work on other places but perhaps he sees no difference in, say, becoming a politician or a bus driver. A politician is supposed to take responsibility of the people of its country; a bus driver takes responsibility of the people inside its bus. Difference in quantity - but different in utility? Both professions are responsible for people. I hope the guy just picked what he thinks makes him happy. Perhaps within 5 years time he's going bonkers behind the steering wheel, but that's then.
But this is how I'd like my society to be: no one should look up estranged that someone wants to climb down.
by fjallstrom - Feb 28 72 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 26 122 comments
by talos - Feb 23 170 comments
by DoDo - Feb 22 6 comments
by Migeru - Feb 21 256 comments
by gmoke - Feb 24
by ATinNM - Feb 20 13 comments
by Migeru - Feb 13 88 comments
by fjallstrom - Feb 2872 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 26122 comments
by gmoke - Feb 24
by talos - Feb 23170 comments
by DoDo - Feb 226 comments
by Migeru - Feb 21256 comments
by ATinNM - Feb 2013 comments
by Migeru - Feb 1388 comments
by DoDo - Feb 12261 comments
by Migeru - Feb 3266 comments