Monday 1 March 2010

Protestant work ethic

”Work is the curse of the drinking classes”

Following on from my previous post I’d like to challenge the notion of work.

Is work really necessary?

That might seem to be a ridiculous question to ask. Almost as a reflex action many people would reply “of course it is”.

One thing that does have some bearing on this issue is what you define as work. Is it how you earn a living? Or is it something by which you earn your living but do not enjoy and have no interest in? This distinction is important because for me work is something hateful, and if I were to do something that I enjoyed it would become a vocation!

I’m not naive enough to think we can all have vocations. I also realise that there are many unfortunates that would love a job of any sort. But I do feel we have gone too far down the road to becoming cogs in a vast money machine. There should be more to life than just making money. Money should just be the oil that lubricates and enables the good things in life to happen. Society does not put enough emphasis on happiness, collective or individual. Society currently dictates that we should ‘live to work’ and not ‘work to live’. That surely can’t be right can it?

All my life I’ve had to put up with shit jobs that I’ve hated. For as long as I can remember I’ve dreaded getting up and going to work. The only time I didn’t was for a brief period when I was self-employed. I’m not sure how much longer I will have to work, I’d like to retire in the next five years, but depending on who runs the country I’ll have to do another eleven or twelve years at least, and quite frankly I struggle with that prospect.

”Beam me up Scotty”

*The title of this post does not choose to highlight a particular religion and hold it up as an example. As an atheist I have no desire to live in a non-secular society.

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