If only we could live without it. I never have had fantasies of being rich and powerful, just of being free to follow my interests and not have my energy monopolized by merely surviving.
Why, with all our technology and resources, are we still having the majority of people in our society wasting their lives away doing drudge work?
Not a future I hope to live in…
Sometimes we all feel like we have no time to relax and think. But imagine for a moment a field worker or a miner or any other manual laborer, living just a couple centuries ago. Such a person probably didn’t know how to read, or not how to read for enjoyment. They worked day all day with barely a time for a thought, and if they did have time to think–what they thought about was probably how to get food, and how not to die of illness, and other stressful worries.
Today, even a poor laborer working for minimum wage knows how to read, and can read any number of books on any subject they wish. And though they might not have much time to think, when they do have time they have the fuel for that thought right at their fingertips in a library, or on the internet.
Us thinkers are lucky to be alive today. Most other time periods would have either drowned our minds in work and worry, or starved them for lack of access to information.
This article explains a lot about current situations in some governments…
I wonder if this could be prevented in anyway… there always has to be some people in power. Though some seem to handle it better than others.
It is depressing that even such a small amount of power has a measurable effect.
If I became a manager, would I become a worse writer for lack of empathy?
What if instead of working 5 days, then having two days off, we worked five years, then had two years off? Or maybe, five lives then two lives of luxury. I hope this is my friday life, and I’m reborn rich or powerful and can spend all my time reading, thinking, and creating. Though if I were born rich or powerful, I’d probably not appreciate it, and just spend my time trying to get more rich and powerful…