Soon, we will all have driverless cars. This will free us for the important things in life, like playing Words With Friends, taking selfies, or hate-tweeting people we will never meet.
Until that glorious day, we remain forced to steal glances at the screen while we drive ourself home from work, like animals.
What is work?
Do aliens looking at us from light-years away think that humans have conquered work?
At home, we sit and stare into a screen.
At work, we sit and stare into a screen.
On the toilet, we sit and stare into a screen.
They must think — fuck, whatever’s on that screen is outrageously captivating! Or maybe they think it’s our god, and we are all deeply adherent to God’s word?
Little do they know.
People, thousands of people, maybe millions, are actually paid to tweet, to play games, to write headlines for bogus news sites designed explicitly to get people to click on a link, even to run Yahoo.
We cannot know the future of work, just as we cannot fathom the work of one hundred years ago. For most of us, the work of fifty years ago is alien.
Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt — out of slavery. He led them for 40 years! He oversaw their army, which slew many enemies. He made a single slip-up and for that God would not allow him to enter the promised land.
Deuteronomy, chapter 34: “Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
God don’t play.
Will you live long enough to see your life’s work appropriately honored? Why not?
As we increase our time on Earth, in some cases radically so, and as we require fewer bits of time to provide for ourself and our family, what will we do?
Write great novels?
Paint great art?
Or point out how that stupid fat faggot in my Twitter timeline is a stupid fucking alt-right conservative bitch?
Technology is changing everything. Play, learning, connectivity, wealth, power, access, work. I have begun to consider how the re-making of time and work, when combined with — look, Pokemon!
Also, why the hell am I so tired!
Do you believe this: “The End of Meaningless Jobs Will Unleash the World’s Creativity“?
Research suggests in the next 15 to 20 years, 47 percent of all existing employment is at risk of automation. Even more startling, there’s little to suggest new jobs will be created at the pace necessary to compensate for this loss.
To date, a lot of people had only two options for work: income and dissatisfaction, or no income and freedom. Neither of these are particularly appealing.
What of this?
(Google CEO) Larry Page offers a solution: “Work less,” which would certainly reduce the amount of time people spent on unsatisfactory jobs and provide more opportunities for people to pursue their true interests.
Do you know what your true interests are?
Do you have one?
Is it enough to justify your existence?
1st Peter, chapter 4: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
Yet, will millions of virile young men, forever freed from the “responsibility” of “work,” be a net benefit to society? Will they work for peace? Or perhaps form into mobs that rape and pillage for fun — and to feel alive?
Will a billion teen girls, liberated from the requirement of having to work so very hard at “school” so as to make sure they get into a good college so as to get a great job so as to meet someone with values just like theirs, have more time than ever to be nice to everyone?
The Bible suggests that grace flows through us as we work, as we struggle.
Are we nearing a point where there is no work? Will that mean no struggle? Thus, no grace?
James, chapter 1: “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.”
Just as we are automating work, freeing ourselves to follow our bliss, we are placing temptations on speed-dial — and creating more of them than ever before. We may be on the cusp of conquering work, but it’s plain we remain irrational.
Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding. No more falsehoods or derisions…And the mind’s true liberation.
Is it the stars and planets guiding our behavior?
Or are we in charge of our own life, and this world? And if so, is what’s preventing us from harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust? Are we all too busy? Will the end of work finally afford us the time to all just get along?