Can you imagine what would the world be if we have the same roles in this world?

Well, let’s imagine if we live in a city where all of the people were nothing but fishermen.

They sail not to sell their fish, but just to feed for themselves. They had been doing it for generations because they didn’t know what else to do. They didn’t really have plenty of choice to pick. They didn’t even know if they actually had other choices to be something else other than a fisherman.

Would you want to live in a world like that?

I personally would say NO. It would be so boring to live in a city like that, wouldn’t it? The city would make it to the bottom of the world happiness index list, I guess.

Now, buckle up! Let’s create a more diverse world.

Say you were in the same city, but this time, not all people were fishermen. The fishermen did catch the fish for their own consumption, but they sold some of them. Buyers would buy for their own daily food consumption, while some would buy because they had a seafood restaurant or some sort.

Since many of the fishermen’s boat had been used for generations, they were worn out. The fishermen would need better vessels, but they didn’t know how to make it. In fact, their great grandfather bought it from their neighbor in different island.

Therefore one fisherman decided to sail to the other island in order to learn how to make a fishing vessel because he thought it would be much better investment rather than just buying a new one. Few months later, the fisherman came back to the island to make a better fishing vessel. Apparently, he enjoyed making it so now he chose to become a boat-maker.

Since the demands of the new fishing vessel were high, the boat-maker couldn’t finish it alone, so he hired few other people to help him. He taught them how to make it. Some of them turned out to be very good at it and continued helping him; some even had a better skill than the boat-maker himself and decided to experimenting with a new type of vessel, the other would quit and became a fisherman instead because they loved the sea and fishing made them happy.

Wouldn’t it be better to live in a place like that? The diverse one.

There are many things that we could do. Not all of us were born to do the same thing. Each of us has different role in this world. If we all have the same role, this world will bore us to death. (though it has for some us, but still…)

We all need teachers to teach the kids at school, we need film-makers to make movies that will keep us sane in this insane world.

We need musicians so we could have something to listen to when we’re feeling low.

We need entrepreneurs to help the economy keeps on growing.

We need writers to create inspiring stories so we can go on with this life.

We need customer service officers to assist us with our problems.

We need journalists to keep us informed with the latest news.

And, we certainly need people who keep the city running.

You can be a scientist, a fashion blogger, a government staff, a politician, a mother, a freelancer, a traveler, an artist, or even a combination of those.

Just like the fisherman who eventually decided to be a boat-maker and the boat-maker who quit his job because he only wanted to be a fisherman.

It’s not about which job or profession is better than which.

It’s about things that make you a better person, what makes you feel content. What you think is the best profession might not be the same for others. What’s best for you could be a plain nightmare for someone else, and vice versa.

Life’s a choice and only you can decide what’s best for you. Don’t let other people decide for you and don’t let yourself dictate to other people.

All kinds of job and profession are not to be underestimated and certainly isn’t always always comparable.

Let’s just be more considerate about it.


Riska graduated from English Education Department in 2013. She is currently working as a consultant in a tech consulting company.

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