Muncesc deci exist

„Supposing we suddenly imagine a world in which nearly everybody is doing what they want. Then we don’t need to be paid in order to work and the whole issue of how money circulates, how we get things done, suddenly alters.”

Robert Theobald

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

Norman Cousins

„Today, the main temptations for violation of one’s identity are the opportunities for advancement in industrial society.”

Erich Fromm

„I would like to see people refusing to work in any job they felt was wrong. I would like to see work-dodgers: honourable and brave people who refuse to continue to feed this monstrous culture.”

Chris Busby,
in his foreword to Molly Scott Cato’s book

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Napolean was quoted as saying, „Religion is the only thing that keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” And inducing fear in the population is the key function of fundamentalist Christianity. Dividing the population, fanning the fears of women, gays, foreigners and the poor prevents us from looking for the true sources of our problems. It prevents us from getting together and working out solutions with each other.

In the 1960s we were told that technology would eventually take over the menial jobs of our day-to-day existence making it possible for us to work only 3 to 5 hours a day. We should have suspected something, hadn’t technology broken enough promises? The gains in productivity that technology has created have filtered upwards in the form of obscenely large profits rather than downwards in the form of shorter work days. Americans are working harder and longer than ever. And their ‘free’ time is consumed with ‘networking’ and leisure. When one works hard at having fun when will one find the time to question the way things are?

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Of course, jobs are supposed to give people self-respect, not take it away. But due to the nature of the typical workplace (authority hierarchies, miscommunication, chaos), employees end up behaving in undignified ways: concealing things from their bosses, redirecting blame, feeling resentment over trivial matters, reporting that everything’s fine when it isn’t, hiding in the toilets, etc.

Any smart person with a meaningless job suffers the crippling cognitive dissonance of: „I am intelligent, my waking hours are spent in stupidity”. Rationalisations are used to mask the frustration: „I’d be bored without my job” (if you really believe that, it’s probably time to consider entering a nursing home). According to Leon Festinger, creator of dissonance theory, the less you are paid to do stupid work, the more you will attempt to rationalise it („well, it was fun”), rather than admit to doing it for the money. Remember this next time you hear someone claim to „enjoy” their underpaid desk job.

Obviously this behaviour doesn’t fit our beliefs about ourselves as essentially rational and well-adjusted. The result is cognitive dissonance, which occurs when our self-image is contradicted by our actions. How can you come to terms with your ‘guilty’ behaviour if you see yourself as honest and dignified? You think you’re above it all, but the evidence of your own actions shows that you’re immersed in it. Faced with the horror of your out-of-character behaviour, you rationalise and make excuses. You turn into an office drone.

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