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HulaHoopJustPassingby

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"In 1948, German philosopher Josef Pieper predicted that society was headed for a dystopia he called 'Total Work'. With most of us in 2017 working too long, missing social events, working on weekends, and egging on our older years just for the retirement, practical philosopher Andrew Taggart believes we have reached the verge of that dystopia. He describes the conditions that are tightening around us—our lives are scheduled around the needs of our jobs, our time with family and friends is subordinated to it (in a 5:2 ratio!), and our free time increasingly resembles work, in vocabulary and in action: we run errands, aim to have "productive" days, try to rest so that we are fresh for Monday—the start of another week. Taggart thinks Universal Basic Income is the ideological push we need to begin questioning how we can cut loose from our cultural obsession with work, and how we might live in a world without it. Are we human beings, or instruments of productivity? Has our intense focus on work become pathological?"

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I do not know whether I agree or disagree. I have not read Pieper. I have not read Taggart. When I read the above piece of text the first thing that comes to my mind is that ordinary people always had to work too much and too long. Was it so much different 100 to 150 years ago? In certain ways life was different, but was it better? For myself I know that as a consequence of my work I do not have much energy or opportunity left to venture into exciting or enriching activities; But hey, I am working on it [rofl].


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Crucial observations.  In the 1960s and '70s, when automation was putting folk out of work but with no money, the consoling talk was about the coming '3-day week', very prominent phrase back then.  It didn't mean strikes and work-to-rule. It meant an idyllic future where productivity was handled  by machines and computers so that humanity had a lot of leisure time coming.  Consider it back-pay for all that slave-driving since the industrial revolution.  Then the 3-day week fell out of circulation, strangely.  
One of the reasons The Dude in The Big Lebowski became heroic in the counterculture is because he is gainfully unemployed as a way of life.  It's a pacifist stand with him.  We never even see him bowl - - unless you count the dream sequence.  
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All I know, is that when I leave this world the only thing that will matter to me is the people I love and who love me. The rest doesn't mean squat. However, having said that, while I live in this world, I do enjoy having food on the table, a place to sleep, and some spending money in my pocket. So, there's that. 
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Well, since we now have a certain amount of freedom to come and go without the restraints of children, I think my life has changed significantly.  In fact, it's like being in our 20's again and just going off.  OK not on a whim and with the restraints of hubby organising time off work.  But he definitely works to have a better life at weekends and holidays, and our retirement years of course.  I think everyone is different and gets to certain points in their own ways. 

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I take my working life one day at a time and thoroughly enjoy my other life.
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