The abolition of work

“We should 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.” -Buckminster Fuller

We grieve at our failure to keep everyone employed for 40+ hours in the midst of the exponential increases in productivity and automation. Rather then working less, in the midst of these gains, we sent the kids off and put a second spouse into the workforce. We added meetings, paperwork and layers of bureaucracy to fill the hours. We ramped up the advertising to drive the consumption. Why do we feel so compelled to make sure everyone runs this treadmill when there are so many other ways to pursue our joy and add value to each others lives?

“That doesn’t mean we have to stop doing things. It does mean creating a new way of life based on play; in other words, a *ludic* conviviality, commensality, and maybe even art. There is more to play than child’s play, as worthy as that is. I call for a collective adventure in generalized joy and freely interdependent exuberance. Play isn’t passive. ”

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