There was a related conversation in the game journalism thread that didn’t really belong there, and this perspective is so spectacular for several reasons that it needs its own thread.
Written in response to a couple of Goldman Sachs interns dying - one from overwork and passing out in the shower, another jumping out a window after blaming overwork - Goldmans is trying to prohibit interns from working past midnight (at least at the office). Not a popular view in that world, as evidenced by this facebook post making the rounds:
Again I’m disgusted. Goldman Sachs has banned the all nighter and ordered interns to leave at midnight because one died in the shower and another jumped out of his window because he was “worked to death”. Boo Hoo Hoo. Listen if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen. Finance is a culture about pushing yourself to the extreme and the “all nighter” is a right of passage for many young finance guys. If these guys wanted to be pussies they could’ve been teachers. The reward is extreme wealth if you make it through the grueling process. People should die. And everyone should pour out some Dom and move the fuck on. (We never heard about this during the 80s when Wall Street was dominated by cocaine snorting alpha males. Now we’ve got a bunch of adderall eating nerds raised on Degrassi and bullying seminars so yeah a few of these tulips are gonna jump of their windows.) These people are soldiers in the war of wealth. We’ve criminalized success in this country. We love failures and sob stories. We cater to weakness. We’ve become an after school special. We’ve bought into the idea that people don’t earn their money, that its put under their pillow at night. This idea helps all the nothings sleep at night. So let’s bring back the all nighter. I want these kids worked to brink of insanity. I want them jumping out of windows. I want them dropping dead of exhaustion. I want them tough. China’s coming, after all. Every litter has a runt. The problem with this country now is everyone’s a runt. Every no good town employee union stooge should be worked to death. What a glorious way to die. What happened to Bob? He was “worked to death”. People get into finance because they don’t want to end up janitors, cleaning up some kids puke in the cafeteria. They feel they have more to offer the world. But sometimes they’re wrong. Sometimes they were the janitor all along. But they can’t face that (I don’t blame them) so they decide to the manly thing to do is remove themselves from the equation all together (they’re right) so they try to fly from their window but they end up splattered on the concrete. Jumping out of your luxury apartment window is better than never have a luxury apartment in the first place and don’t let anyone tell you different.
Gives some perspective on what a foreign mindset and lifestyle that world is, for people who haven’t lost a few seasons from work. This world is crazy, but they earn their wealth working harder and living a lifestyle than most people can never (or wouldn’t ever want to) adopt.