The fact is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.
I think I can confirm that. We’ve been tracking the pay for lawyers over time and discovered that the average hourly rate is about $200,000 per year. I don’t know how many civil rights lawyers do that, but it is certainly a lot.
Again, it is definitely good to be aware that our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions control the majority of our lives, but they dont always control our actions. For instance, I could be riding my bike when I am not supposed to, or I could be doing something illegal, but the fact is that I still have to pay for the privilege.
Of course, we can be making ourselves aware of these things. We can take a minute and think about it, especially if we can think of something that we did wrong. We can also get out of our own way and just allow the things we do to control us so that we don’t have to be aware of them.
Like most civil rights lawyers, my hourly rate is set by my employer. Though I am not legally bound by a contract, I am required to keep in touch with my hourly rate. Some days I can think of a few things that I can do to make it easier for my employer to pay me a lower rate than I actually charge. For instance, I could quit my job and make a living doing freelance work. This would mean I would spend less time riding my bike and more time working.
This is a great idea, but I think there’s a big gap in terms of where we should put our money. The way I view it, civil rights attorneys are just as likely to be the ones who get the benefits of the law. The best way to make a living is to get a lawyer in and do some work at a fair. This can be a good thing, but it isn’t always ideal.
I remember that as a teenager I was a bit of a civil rights lawyer, spending three years as a public defender. I have no problem with the concept of public service, but I worry about the amount of money people would be willing to put into the system. Of course the first time I started thinking about going to law school was with this idea, and I know I was naive enough to think it would be for me.
One of the things I worry about with lawyers is that they can often be seen as the enemy. If you are not willing to take on the work of a civil rights lawyer, then you will be seen as a person who is too lazy or too stupid to do the work.