Labor Day

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Be Independence / Be Interdependence | Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 - 7:12pm

A friend posted this image on his Facebook page and it triggered the follow thoughts for me…

‘Long holiday weekend’…a beautiful and cynical shell game.

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” ~ B. Fuller

The challenge now is that we’ve trained every human how to be nothing more than a mouth, to consume – food, drink, entertainment, ideas, opinions, sex, images, music, gossip, etc. – every waking millisecond. Disengaging from earning a living would appeal to most, but precious few would exercise the courage to use the Life that became available to truly think and explore (take a wander through any suburb; folks who have solved for the survival issues that have been human’s primary focus for as long as we have been in existence can seem to find nothing more generative, creative and fundamentally self-expressive to do to than idle recreation and perhaps some lawn care). Most of us will spend Labor Day the same way we spend every other day – in a state of idle and unconscious consumption.

The battle between ‘labor’ and ‘management’ is a false one. As is the battle between republican/democrat, religious/atheist, Yankee/RedSox, and every other battle between two polarities. Both sides are equal conspirators in making sure we remain asleep. Not out of some evil intent, but simply because they too are asleep.