We as a society are extremely preoccupied with work; we educate ourselves to prepare for work, we go to great lengths to find work, we overcome or exceed social stigmas with respect to the kind of work we do, once we find work we ensure we do our utmost to conform to the prevailing corporate culture, and finally, we do whatever we can to protect our work, so that we can afford to buy a vehicle, home, vacation property, afford vacations, have kids and acquire all the finer things in life.
If you stop and think about it, work is an act to which we have entrusted our entire future success. Work, for as long as we have known it, works only when we attach another concept to it. That would be money. We gave up working for exchange or barter long ago. That was simply too easy.
Work is the effort we put in to create an exchange of goods and services among people. Someone produces something for the benefit of another, directly or indirectly. Rather than having a one-to-one relationship with a recipient of our goods and services we have allowed corporations to group individual effort. Corporations have centralized production, distribution and have unified a work-force to sell their final product to an indistinguishable mass of buyers. Corporations have become the agents of the once primitive barter system.
Will work prevail in its current format? The answer is probably not. Work and our efforts have created the ultimate foe – technology. Technology performs work, and will do all future work, without human input.
The conundrum is that one day work will become obsolete. At that point in time, a small group of powerful individuals will take control of our planet and decide our future fate. Our only work will be to think and contemplate. In between thinking and sleeping we will feed on “soylent green” type snacks to preserve our fleshy mass. I suspect that our once valuable education will fall prey to the greater concept of security. Not our security but rather the security of those in power. Your one defense is knowledge, not an education.
When we assess the fragile state of the global workforce today, we can see a great despair. Other than those guarded by nepotism and fraternity, the general public is saddled with unemployment, low wages, growing personal debt, sickness, homelessness and many other debasing situations (ex. Spain has seen an increase in suicides because the unemployed can no longer afford to pay their home mortgages).
Can we conclude that work is fully dependent on money? We believe that only because we have been brainwashed into thinking money is the only means by which we can create an exchange transaction. This could not be further from the truth. Central bankers devised this fraud centuries ago to take control of work, and in so doing, to take control of people.
Work is not a dirty four letter word, but it has become a deceptive trap. Work has become an indirect means of acquiring debt. It is because of debt that work has lost its value. It is because of money that individual achievement has perished.