Bad choices (Or Where I come off as a judgemental jerk)
Commenter John Howard Griffin writes:
I could earn much (much!) more money by not working for this non-profit, and instead working for the capitalists. In fact, I have worked for the capitalists in the past and earned several times more. But, I consciously chose to do this. My family lives meagerly on my small salary and my wife’s. We live paycheck to paycheck – no money available to put away for retirement
What makes me wonder is whether such a choice is ever reasonably justifiable. I don’t think it is. In fact, it seems to differ from Paul Gauguin’s* one only in degree. If you can get a similar enough job which pays more, how can you even justify to your family wy you are keeping them in poverty. Taking a low paying job that you love over one less palatable but which pays more is already morally ambiguous if you have a family to support. Taking a low paying job over a similar high paying one and thereby subjecting your family to significant risk simply because of some abstract anti-corporate belief? How is this justifiable at all? Gentlemen, am I off base on this?
*Paul Gauguin abandoned his family to pursue his art in french Polynesia.