We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living. ~Buckminister Fuller
The work ethic is the part of power of nonsense. Many times work is not rewarding. Some cultures and societies value and embrace the Work Ethic. There is two ways to define the work ethic.
1. No work the art suffers. Sorry to say, if we don’t make the effort and try and apply ourselves. Nothing good will result. The attitude that projects here, That kiss my ass is ,I did this” attitude is destructive. People want to be treated well, and that should be applied.
2. The Nonsense that you should bow down and except your plight in life and just work. Put your shoulder the wheel and nose to the grind stone and make a contribution and pay some bills are touted by some people as means of making them feel good about themselves.
If you start asking yourself “why work?” you may see a connection between wage slavery, misunderstandings of leisure, lifestyles based on consumption, corporate welfare, education that often amounts to little more than conditioning, and the global social, environmental, and economic crises we are now facing. We hope that the materials we feature here will encourage critical thinking about such things. This site is primarily about ideas and encouragement, so our focus is more philosophical than practical. However, ideas and action go hand-in-hand, So to end poverty and Control, we need a Livable Universal Income.
Many go through life with the misery and heartache of excepting everyone else’s values.
Patrick McGaugh has asked, “Do you want a job, or want to work.”
In the same vein, there is a difference between a Job and Work. People apply their standards to others because it is a means of people feeling good about themselves.
It is a form of moral superiority like Religion, where people can feel morally superior to those who are out of a job.
Jobs are people management, separating winners from losers, creating a caste systems that rewards the few. How ever in modern times with deskilling of labor. Technological unemployment, economic distress and the fact that there are no endless jobs, there are not always, if any opportunities. Mostly, people are glued to the bottom.
Brian Dean goes on to say: The workerless society may be much closer than we think. 75% of the work force, in most developed countries, engage in work that is little more than simple repetitive tasks. Most of these jobs are vulnerable to replacement by automation. But that’s not all – technology is increasingly taking over tasks previously thought to require human intelligence. Office workers and managers are now under threat as corporations restructure to take advantage of the huge productivity gains made possible by the new technologies.
Economists have traditionally argued against the likelihood of the decline of work, believing that productivity gains produce wealth, which is used to expand markets, thereby creating new jobs. Admittedly, this has been the case in the past. For example, when technology began to displace agricultural workers, a new growing sector – manufacturing – was able to absorb those displaced. Then, between the mid fifties and the early eighties, as manufacturing became increasingly automated, displaced factory workers were absorbed into the growing service sector (banking, insurance, accounting, law, airlines, retail, etc). In most modern cities today, nine out of ten jobs are in the service sector.
As we approach the millennium, however, service sector jobs are increasingly falling to advanced technology – without the emergence of any new growth areas of the scale required to absorb the redundant office workers. It has been estimated, for example, that human secretaries currently spend more than 45% of their time filing papers, photocopying, delivering messages, posting letters and waiting for assignments. Electronic office systems make all of this redundant.
A recent BSA (British Social Attitudes) survey reveals that 6 in 10 British workers are unhappy in their jobs. The survey also showed a majority of workers reporting the following:
- Not appreciated, 2. Not Paid well, 3. Unfullfilling life 4. Unable to use intelligence.
If the BSA findings are anything to go by, it seems that employment, by itself, is no cure for the ills associated with unemployment, such as insecurity, stress, low self-esteem, and poverty. This will probably seem odd to many people.
Work is still very much a taboo subject – try taking a discussion beyond the boundaries of “employment is good, unemployment is bad”, and you quickly get an anxious or angry reaction. The simple idea that unemployment is a natural condition of any advanced technological society, and that it’s not inevitably ‘bad’, seems beyond most people. The question, “in what kind of context, or society, can unemployment be seen as something good?” is therefore never asked.
A Univseral Income is certainly the solution.