Yeah I think that’s how I’m going to format these posts for now on. It’s gonna be News Reaction followed by the subject I’m talking about. Then there’s going to be the source that contains the article that I’m responding to.
I’m not quite sure if this is the first post I’ve made in this category, but even if it isn’t, that’s fine. In any case, the subject of discussion for today is the coveted Four Day Work Week. Hopefully by the time I’m done with my military contract a four day work week becomes more mainstream.
I mean imagine that, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off? Very few people would like more time to themselves in order to spend it on their family, friends, and hobbies. This is especially the case if you’d be earning the same amount of money even with that extra day off!
I’ll be frank, if I could choose between work and autonomy, I’ll choose autonomy every single time. I emphasize work because to be frank, I never feel fulfilled within a typical employment position. Instead, resentment simply slowly grows and festers inside of me. I think this is because I feel like I’m giving up on my dignity I suppose.
So I guess arrogance is in the way. In the sense that I don’t like the idea of exchanging my time for another person’s productivity goals. I don’t like the idea of making other people a lot of money while I get mere peanuts as compensation. While I do believe in the maxim of there being no work beneath ourselves, I also do believe that a lot of jobs are trashy and substandard. That is a topic for another time however.
When I think of autonomy I think of myself being productive for my own sake and goals. I still engage in work, but in the work that I wish to put in and contribute to the world. My work is my own and I genuinely enjoy spending the time required for it. I have no boss and operate on my own schedule. I feel content and even elated as a result. And I’d love for more people to be able to understand this and experience it on their own.
It’s pretty crazy though, I’ve gotta say. Apparently it was predicted that we’d have a 15-hour work week by the year 2000. What happened, seriously? Why are people still slaving away until retirement just to make ends meet? We’re supposedly the most advanced species in the world and this is how we’ve chosen to live? I hope that things change soon.
Regards From Your Fellow Wonderer,