When I was a child, I never really thought much about what all the adults around me were doing. But I assumed they were doing important stuff. They all seemed to be busy working. Today, I see things a little differently. I now think that at least half of people are very busy but not really doing anything. Sure, there are some important jobs but there is a lot that is not.
Some Employment Causes Harm
The same can be said of the construction industry. Houses of course have been increasing in size over the decades without any corresponding increase in happiness. We can go sector by sector across a range of industries to see that many of our jobs (possibly even most jobs) provide no real value. They do not enhance our happiness. They might even be detracting from our health, well-being and our happiness.
Workers are Quiet Quitting
The Science of Wellbeing Tells us: Time for Change in Work
As a society we’ve become a hundred times more productive than our ancestors at the prodding of our political leaders. The only problem was, we were never just cogs in a wheel interested in productivity. We are interested in our health, wellbeing and ultimately our happiness. Instead we’ve taken away from those very elements most likely to bring us good health and happiness. It’s time for a paradigm shift, one that prioritizes human flourishing over senseless productivity.
BOTTOM LINE: THERE IS A BETTER WAY!
- As John Maynard Keynes said a century ago, people of our time ought to be largely independent of our employers for our income – unfortunately, due to “mindless consumerism”, we are not.
- Mindless consumerism is the underlying reason leading to the rise of chronic disease for 3 major reasons:
- It ties us to dependence on our employers and modern day employment is a health hazard for most (in part due to the sedentary nature of most jobs).
- It has led to environmental changes toxic to our wellbeing:
- (a). We evolved in and are best suited to natural environments and instead we live in increasingly artificial environments.
- (b). Overconsumption has lead us to engineer out the need for meaningful use of our legs for ambulation.
- Finally, it transforms workers to work with blinders on – instead of working for the product or service and receiving money as a side effect, workers focus on making money and the product or service is instead the side effect. The results (with respect to health) is that “food” is no longer food but changed to maximize pleasure and extract profit in spite of the toxicity to our health.
- Based on the science of wellbeing one can derive the philosophy that once basic needs are met, “The best things in life are free” therefore —>
- Most people can live far below their means without sacrificing happiness AND by investing the rest, they can become financially independent of their employers enabling them to be —>
- Happier. Healthier. Wealthier. More engaged. Simply better.