I received a comment on an old post recently, and it got me thinking. The post reads.
Seems to me if a job can be done by a mindless machine then that job isn't one that anyone would really want. Sure, people will say they want that mindless labor because they want the paycheck, but they'll be entirely unfulfilled and will resort to liquor, drugs, violence, and TV. Go read Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line.
You know, this comment itself kind of makes me giggle. We have exported our jobs to Asia. The jobs that are left are straw jobs, made up jobs like website designers and service workers and mortgage brokers. Actually working to make something is now considered "Unfulfilling".
Think about it folks. This is the same mindset that makes you a "consumer". So many people are caught up in the arrogance of their jobs that they think that what they do to earn their daily bread is really important to who they are.
Our economy is in a shambles. We import everything from everywhere. Our manufacturing is gutted. We export sleazy and dishonest financial products, our hard earned knowledge and expertise, and dollar bills that are rapidly becoming worth less (note: this is worth less, not worthless). So I think that folks had better climb down off of their high horse and stop thinking somehow work is beneath them. Because that is really what you are talking about when you say unfulfilling...you are saying the work is below your high station.
People better get over that shit. I have a sneaking hunch that having a job will be a great thing. Just having a job will be "fulfilling".