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There is only one goal. That is to be whole again.

There is only one goal. That is to be whole again. How human beings live and work determines whether they remain whole or are split. ...

1/20/14

Why must we work so much and get so little? If we use the criterion of efficiency which is defined in economics as the absence of waste, we must admit that modern life is a particularly spectacular instance of inefficiency. What could be more wasteful than hours and hours spent at 'work' that simply moves a lot of goods from one part of the world to another and then supports that movement with ever complex services that initially support that movement and eventually become ends in themselves. We have become a bloated race of consumers and producers of what we are not really even sure. We buy into certain pat ideas: education is good, technology is good, consuming is good, having more of everything is even better, working-working-working all the time to make it all happen. And then what?

Where are we headed with all this and what have we lost view of? Do any of us work with our hands, work with the dirt of the earth? Dirty has become a bad word but isn't working meaningless jobs in artificial lighting in workplaces where windows don't even open to let in air and light what are actually the bad words? How could we have got so lost?

I remember watching as a child in Bombay a program on TV called Living Tomorrow. The program was an optimist's interpretation of how the new scientific inventions and modern scientific management of resources was going to create a utopia in the near future. We would all get so fired up about how computers and robots would do all the grunt work and all the dull moving of papers around and how human beings wonderful creatures that they are would finally be free to work about four hours a day, two days a week and be free to pursue philosophy and the arts. Needless to say that utopian future has not come upon us. Instead we have moved toward more demeaning work, longer working hours, and a disrespecting of the arts and philosophy neither of which is now deemed worthy of study even at major universities and increasingly unaffordable with steeply rising tuition costs which students must bear in the form of student loans. We are turning young men and women into bonded labor. They must work for the so-called education that they receive, work all their lives if need be. That is the most incredibly inefficient use of our most priceless resources: our young people. What a sad waste!