6 thoughts on “Grief, Grind, and Glory of Work

    • Good question. Just click on any of the photos and it will take you to all the full-size photos at Steve McCurry’s blog. There are also links to his photos in blue at the top and the bottom of the repost.


  1. People should be safe at work, and the buildings need to pass a safety code. It’s a tragedy that so many people died.

    Minimum wage in the US is what sends those jobs overseas.
    Read “A Connecticut Yankee in King Aurthur’s Court” by Mark Twain. They talk about “millipennies” and were outraged by a huge party the King had that cost 4 cents.


    • Thanks for reminding me of “A Connecticut Yankee.” I read it years ago and it is great. Mark Twain had more talent than any 100 other writers. I’ll have to read it again.

      I agree that American workers are priced out of the worldwide labor market. But I’m inclined to think that’s because workers in desperately developing countries are exploited and made to work like slaves for almost nothing.


  2. Tragic… Coming from a backgound in working in the textile industry from factory floor upwards on machines sewing garments.. I fully appreciate how hard and how awful some of these sweat shops are….
    These people in these countries who to us are exploited for many their jobs are a God send.. to help bring them out of their poverty…
    While we demand as consumers cheaper goods, we will get this sort of exploitation.. Its the Big corporations who make the Big profits . and the owner of this factory had built illegally an extension and when cracks appeared he sent his workers back inside…He too is exploiting his workers for profit… Such an awful tragedy that so many died ..


    • I agree, Sue. A real job, no matter how difficult the work, is a Godsend, as long as the worker earns enough to pay for food and shelter.

      I’m glad you used the term “sweatshop,” which has fallen into disuse. I believe that the people, especially children, who toil for unreasonably long hours at low wages in unsafe sweatshops, are working in virtual slavery.


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