Saturday, June 9, 2012

In Thoreau’s 1854 essay, entitled Life Without Principle, he states that “if a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”  This leads into the next problem with our current system, which is money.    Wage slavery looms heavy over the heads of workers in this country.  Too often people are forced to live according to the whims of their employers; workers have no say in how much they get paid and rarely do workers get say in when and where they will be working.  Wage slavery limits the creativity and imaginative ability of people and chains them to the interests of the employer.  In a world where robots can manufacture goods for us and even perform many services for us, why then is there a continued need for people to manufacture things for consumption instead of devoting their time to pursuits of progress, imagination and interest?  Is there even a need for everyone to have jobs in the first place?  I say that those with the ability not to work should not, and those who still must work should not allow their employer to dictate the details of their lives to them, if possible.          

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