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No One Should Ever Work

No one should ever work. Workers of the world relax. This statement in on a flyer I saw in a bookstore the other day. Its dialogue looked pretty interesting, almost Utopian. Here are some excerpts from its text:

Work is the source of nearly all the misery of the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working. That doesn’t mean we have to stop doing things, It does mean creating a new way of (missing word?) based on play, festivity, for a collective adventure in generalizing joy and freely interdependent exuberance. (Skip a lot of text…….)
For certain purposes it’s not too misleading to call our system democracy or capitalism, better still, industrialism, but its real names are factory fascism, (Whats fascism?, That’s a whole another post). and office oligarchy. (Skip more text….) You are what you do. If you do boring, monotonous work, chances are you’ll end up boring and monotonous. (Skip even more text…..). It is now possible to abolish work and replace it, insofar as it serves useful purposes, with a multitude of new kinds of free activities. (Skip yet even more text….) On the one hand, on the quantitative side, we have to cut down massively on the amount of work being done. At present most work is useless and we should simply get rid of it. On the other hand, we have to take what useful work remains and transform it into a pleasing variety of game like and craft like pastimes, indistinguishable from other pleasurable pastimes, except that they happen to yield useful end products.
Surely that shouldn’t make them less enticing to do. Then all the artificial barriers of power and property could come down. Creation could become recreation. And we could all stop being afraid of each other.
Interesting…. Have a great day.

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