In my eyes the problem is that most jobs are alienating us from our vocation. In German a job is called "Beruf" and vocation is "Berufung". I am
convinced that anybody sane wants to contribute something productive to their communities. There may be years of introspection, sabbaticals, long term
travels or recoveries from burn-out and diseases that keep us away from working. But at the end almost everybody tends to come back to activities that
reflect their vocation.
Now there are several aspects to consider.
One is that many activities like taking care of elderly or children in a private setting is mostly unpaid and not honored by performance and money
driven societey. Also being an artist or modern day shaman / lightworker means having a hard stand in our materialistic society.
Another is that even a 40 hour week is already too much work in the long run. I have heard the statement that it is not possible to live ecologically
with such a workload. I also think that especially in these days, where society is called to make a huge step in consciousness, we need more time for
contemplation in order to reflect our actions.
I may be a little to naive, but I often think that native tribes have a much better concept of "work". Work outside of being and doing whatever you
are should in my eyes be abandoned. I read work in indigenous tribes means being active for 4-5 hours a day according to ones nature/vocation to
maintain oneself and the community - the rest is "leisure" time.
The whole subjects is about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to create something productive. I for my part try to let more and more "working"
activities be inspired intrinsically. I think that is the only really sustainable way. And it doesn't mean avoiding unpleasant tasks.
There is a huge movement, at least in Europe, that proposes the "Basic Income". The idea behind is that we have already reached the point in human and
civilization development where we could afford to pay everybody a basic salary WITHOUT conditions. Simply by spending that amount of money - enough to
live a standard, simple life - the economy will continue running. Only few people would anyway be satisfied with that, most people would want to
satisfy insatiable material desires and try to make more money. So no worries that the world will stop to turn. Of course the low-paid jobs would
disappear - but that could be a good thing as low-paid work mentioned above would then have to be paid properly. Interestingly enough the most know
proponent of that "Basic Income" in Germany is the owner of a huge drug store chain with thousands of employees, and not a socialist, extreme-left
anarcho type of hippie punk.
My personal conclusion to the problem of work is to kindle my social entrepreneurial spirit. To pull something up that will be useful for others
and/or for Mother Earth. Money is not in the center, money will come automatically. That is a vision that makes me wake up everyday and work with a
lot of joy as it is a means of self-expression. I am not there yet, but working my way towards that goal.
Conspiracy of work? Maybe. If you look into the history of industrialization people needed to be forced to work, they needed to be taught to work as
it was and is not natural to play the cog wheel in the machinery for 8-12 hours a day. Therefore I am sometimes a little surprised how vigorously
certain groups that I naturally symphatize with defend old concepts of work.
In Sanskrit work means "karma" and Karma Yoga is one way to englightment. Enlightment through Work. Something to reflect on, maybe tomorrow while at
edit on 6-11-2012 by consolution because: typos