At 11:16 -0500 2/10/01, GBurch1@aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 1/29/01 1:18:17 PM Central Standard Time,
>> Another quote from THE SPIKE: "In a world mutating ever more swiftly under
>> the impact of high technology, detestable toil will be very hard to find,
>> or even invent."
>I sincerely hope this is true. We will have to be careful about
>accommodating the natural human (and I'm willing to bet, post-human) desire
>for structured social activity that the best of "work" provides. In a world
>of "true abundance", I expect that people will do this. Let us hope they do
>it in creative and -- as you say, Barbara, "joyful" -- ways.
It's all relative. People complain today about cushy office jobs
without at all considering that centuries earlier, their equivalent
work would have been something magnitudes more menial, more
unpleasant, and probably a hazard to their health.
If we reach a point where all of today's "menial work" is taken care
of, the new "lowest job" will be considered to be "detestable toil".
Even if we reach a point where no one has to work at all, we'll still
find that lots of people bemoan their existences. I have relatives
who don't work. Oddly enough, they never seem to be happy.
-- "If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." -- Marcus Aurelius, MEDITATIONS, VI, 21
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