posted on Sep, 2 2013 @ 03:11 PM
In fact, economist Juliet Shor found that during periods of particularly high wages, such as 14th-century England, peasants might put in no more
than 150 days a year.
As for the modern American worker? After a year on the job, she gets an average of eight vacation days annually.
So under a feudal system you could work 150 days a year.
I've always been of the mindset that the reason Americans work so much is to keep us busy and unaware, I myself have had many jobs where I worked
70-80 hour weeks.
Sure I made a lot, but in the end its part of what I contribute to me having a Stroke at age 25, one of the best things to happen to me. I was able to
stop and see what truly matters in life, when your on your death bed you will never say "gee I wish I spent more time at work"
We are being kept underemployed so we have to work so much, mean while suggest walmart up their wages and people damn near riot.
Beyond burnout, vanishing vacations make our relationships with families and friends suffer. Our health is deteriorating: depression and higher
risk of death are among the outcomes for our no-vacation nation. Some forward-thinking people have tried to reverse this trend, like progressive
economist Robert Reich, who has argued in favor of a mandatory three weeks off for all American workers. Congressman Alan Grayson proposed the Paid
Vacation Act of 2009, but alas, the bill didn’t even make it to the floor of Congress.
And there you go, Yet again our representatives voting against our own interest.