The true value of work has been on my mind lately. Is it worth doing as the primary activity of our lives? Work is not a cosmic good and it’s not a requirement for living. It pays the bills, supports my family, but beyond that what do I get out of it?
Most companies make it sound like the work is mission critical and has to be completed on schedule. But it’s a hamster wheel. What I was doing 20 years ago, I still did 10 years ago and I’m still doing it today. Has that work changed the world? Not really.
Maybe it’s time to realize we’re just feeding the machine. Capitalism and infinite growth are human constructs. As such, they can be reconsidered. Right on queue, The Guardian has an article on that.