Oranges excluded part time workers. Oranges are unfair that way.
The Wall: I think minimum wage needs to be raised to two and 1/6th oranges.
Me: What about the people making two oranges?
The Wall: Hugh?
Me: When you make changes for one group, don't you have to consider the impact on another group.
The Wall: No, no. If group A and B have 2 and 1/6th oranges, then they can buy the same amount of bread. That's fair. Fair is good.
Me: So, group and and be become the same, what about groups C, D, E and F.
The Wall: What?
Me: Lets say group A represents 15 people and group B represents 25. Let's also say that A and B have combined, so that 40 people people now have two and 1/6th oranges. How is this different from growing more oranges?
The Wall: Hugh?
Me: It's like this, B used to be able to trade their oranges for 100 bananas.
The Wall: That's the point. Now both groups A and B can get 100 bananas.
Me: That's assuming the cost of bananas don't go up, which based on the laws of supply and demand, they would.
The Wall: Well, I guess the price of bananas might go up for a short time, but the banana growers will grow more bananas to meet the demand and make cost of bananas cheaper.
Me: Why do the banana growers want to make the cost of bananas cheaper?
The Wall: Because they can sell more.
Me: Does the cost of bringing bananas to market change?
The Wall: What?
Me: The market price of bananas is determined kind of like this: The cost of materials + cost of labor + the cost of harvest+ the cost of transportation to market + reseller (like Wal-Mart) costs which include electricity, water, toilet paper for the public restrooms, cashiers, stock-men, managers and all the other things.
The Wall: All that goes into the cost of oranges?
Me: We're discussing the cost of bananas, but yes. All those things and more.
The Wall: Bananas and oranges are confusing me now.
Me: Perhaps, then its best to leave how many minimum oranges a person is paid up to
The Wall: The politicians!
Me: I was going to say the mathematicians.
The Wall: Those people are boring. They're all numbers this and numbers that and blah, blah, blah when I really just like the idea of more money.
Me: Me too, but you know that old saying, be careful what you ask for because you just might get it? Well I live in South Korea. I get paid just over two million won a month and all those zeros don't mean I can buy more bananas.
The Wall: Why not Kimchi?
Me: Why not indeed.
Today is procrastination day/ who blew up the kitchen day (because my kitchen always looks like a flour bomb exploded on delicious pie day)/ delicious pie day. Flavor: apple. Though I did seriously ponder the merits of pumpkin or forgoing pie altogether for blueberry muffins. But my friends gave me some apples last week and I didn't want them to go bad and I had forgotten to take them-- the apples, not my friends-- with me on Friday when I went horseback riding-- poor horses-- so I made two apple pies, yum.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018