in response to never2proud...
Yes, I do appreciate the role money play in todays society, and even though it's not fair in any way, you need money to manage your basic needs.
In Norway, as well as the rest of the world, you will find beggars that have all the money they need, still they're begging on the streets. Some people have made this a full time job, making decent money. I then tend to think why can't these people find regular jobs, spending time and energy on rebuilding a social network and retirement-rights. Do not misunderstand, I do not look down on anyone, be that beggars or blue-collar workers. But I wonder what are future plans of these people...to lay away enough money to enjoy when they grow old? Or to die of starvation when age creeps up and inhibits them from begging?
As for extreme jobs, aside from mob-type ventures, I do not think there are any. But in these days openings are few, and pay is less than what it should be, but flippin' burgers are better than no job, right? As far as phone sex goes...well, I do see the moral issues, but a person offering these services are still offering a comodity that people will buy, and this is a comodity that in some states (countries) are legal.
As for the Lord and religion in general, I can't say much other than no religion requires you to starve yourself or your family.
Is there nothing else you can do, besides work that interfers with your morals? As mentioned, flippin' burgers for a while, taking on an odd job cleaning homes, nursing children, shopping for elderlys, licking envelopes, handycrafts...?
People living in a city generally have more opportunities getting a job than people on the countryside, but people on the countryside have more opportunities getting food on the table, like fishing, traps, vegetables and such.
Trying to guide a stranger that is known nothing about is hard (at best), so if nothing of what I'm writing applies to you, please disregard.
Not to deminish any of your problems...but for a period I survived on 1 tincan of sardines and 1 pack of crackers a day...that totaled up to astounding $1.85
At the time I did take on odd jobs, just enough to get me by and leave a little something for a rainy day...and like I said; a rainy day costed less than $2,-
I had an old clunker of a car that I lived in, and I got showers in the backyard of companies using their garden-hose.
This was possible because I was alone, now that I have 4 children I would bend over backwards to make sure this never happened again. If that ment roaming the streets collecting returnable bottles or cans, or taking on chores that my moral had a hard time swallowing...well, so be it.
I guess what I'm saying is that you do what you have to do to get by, and no...I'm not suggesting crime.
The only reason that the world seems dark is that you have'nt found the light-switch yet.