First of all, I have to say that I am deeply grateful for my job, not having a job or any income source, sucks balls, I’ve been there. Second, if you find yourself now without a job, I’m sorry, I hope you find one soon, but better, I hope that you find something that gives you meaning and contribution.
Today I want to talk about contribution and meaning.
“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The modern world tells you that if you have a lot of money, you’ll be happy. You’ll be able to buy 30 houses around the world, own a beach, marry someone beautiful and basically be happy the entire day without distraction. Sounds nice, but you and I know it doesn’t work that way. And the reason it doesn’t is our need for meaning.
I began my day, I guiltily declare, watching this video from Wisecrack: The Office: How Nonsense Conquered the Workplace.
The video describes the meaning of The Office, saying that The Office is a description of modern jobs, bullshit jobs. It describes how a lot of them, are useless, and how people are required to sit on their chairs (or used to, for many people) for straight 8 hours with a few breaks here and there until their time is paid, not actual work, but time. Even when they don’t have anything to do or they’ve finished their job for the day, they are still required to sit down there.
In reality, the amount of work you need to do to get great results, in the office, is not a lot, especially when you know how to work deeply. But culturally speaking, another way, other than the 9–5 work hours, was not even conceived that could even work before the current mandatory home office.
“Shit jobs tend to be blue collar and pay by the hour, whereas bullshit jobs tend to be white collar and salaried.”
― David Graeber, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory
So, those shit jobs are being lost by the millions and they were the sustenance of even a greater number of people.
Sustenance, the capacity to pay rent, to pay for your food, and even vacation! Do you believe that people who cannot pay for these are lazy sluggards? I digress, I believe that they haven’t been given the opportunity to do something else. It’s really hard to be creative when you’re always tired because you work all day.
And right now? Well, you’re lucky if you have a shit job.
But why though? Why do we need shit jobs? The reason why shit jobs are shit jobs is that we would be better off without them. But! We need something else in their place. But what?
I would say, why don’t we start with meaning? Something that made you feel as if your job matter? Who gets this sort of satisfaction from their job? Artists, inventors, craft, creators, and people that are at the cause of things happening.
It seems to me that we are moving into the creative economy. An economy where you need to begin to think for yourself, think about how you can contribute.
The funny thing is that meaning is what you’ve always wanted, but were too afraid to think that you could get it. Right now, there is no other choice. We cannot go back to the old economy, why would we? It was completely fucked.
Many things need to change, but first, let’s focus on what you can control.
“Even though you seize the day, it still will flee; therefore, you must vie with time’s swiftness in the speed of using it, and, as from a torrent that rushes by and will not always flow, you must drink quickly.” Seneca
It doesn’t matter if you die tomorrow if you truly lived just for a day. If you worked on yourself and on what you can give to the world. But you must begin now.
It’s hard to know where to go, I’ve been there. But! You always know what the next step is, don’t lie to yourself. Take one step, then another, and then another. That’s how you climb the mountain.
Thanks for reading,
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