Originally Posted by Lorenzzo
This will be the my last acknowledgement of any of your contributions as, for whatever reason, your claims as to me and what I've said have been inaccurate.
I don't rely on instructor wages, I'm not a ski bum, I started and run a successful business which presently employs many. I have been responsible for paying wages and benefits to those people but I don't presume to impose upon them how they should spend their money, what time pressures they face within their lives, etc. When I do give raises, I don't look for or exact an offset that reduces the value of those raises even if I could and then feel better about it by imposing my values on them. That would be presumptuous and pompous.
Absent empathy one can generally avoid almost any sense of compassion or responsibility to others. I chose to share lunchtime habits with my co-workers because I respect them as people, feel empathy as to their treatment and think manners are important.
Others, including you, are free to disagree/ have a contrary opinion. This isn't math...there is no single correct answer. I will say most tipping relies on some degree of empathy. So to witness someone claim generosity but display no empathy challenges their credibility.
This sounds like one of those things that you probably thought would be a really incisive mic-drop moment, but in reality, doesn't mean a damn thing. Because I disagree with someone on the Internet complaining about lack of discounted food options, my claims of being generous are suspect? Okay, cool story.
Whether you rely on your instructor wages or not is meaningless. I was addressing your argument, not your lifestyle, of which I know nothing about. Your argument implied that loss of food discounts is just another way the instructor is getting screwed by the man. If I argue second amendment rights, does it matter whether or not I own guns, or does my argument stand or fall on its own merit or lack thereof?
I've said in the past, it appears to me that instructors are underpaid, at least at the upper end. Seems like unionization or some type of organized effort is the logical way to combat low wages, with the least logical way being complaining about tangential things like not getting discounts on lunch. The latter is indicative of why the general public seems to have absolutely no sympathy for underpaid instructors.
But carry on with the good fight and patting yourself on the back for eating disco fries and all that.