Life and the place of work

A large majority of people are basically expected to work in boring repetitive jobs to earn money (excluding certain types of jobs/careers such as those in the entertainment industry, entrepreneurs etc.) I may be young, inexperienced and naive  due to my lack of experience because I don’t exactly know a large amount what it is like to “live in the real world” or whatever. Though I do question the reason why (Most) people can’t do work that is fueled by their true passions and interests and not mainly financial reasons.

Specializing too much is something that I really hate and not just dislike. Sure, it is important to stay focused on the task at hand, however I think that having many different interests means that you have a broader view of the world. The more things you “know” (although you can’t truly know anything in one sense) the more you can combine your knowledge you gained from different sources to gain new understandings and insights. Some people can “escape the rat race” and create their own job although that can require a large amount of work it could be a good alternative if it is successful though it can cause a lot of stress to attempt and may only be successful after many failures.

Also sitting at a computer everyday to do my work is something that I wouldn’t like to do even I love computers and I even enjoy programming to some extent (though I don’t know much since it wasn’t taught much at schools until recently in the UK and I wasn’t taught it at school). For obvious reasons, sitting at a computer too long can be very unhealthy although with the rise in the use of technology this is perhaps inevitable..

In addition it seems crazy how much money some people make from their jobs; what do they really do with this wealth and does it make them happy? Sure you can reinvest it into a great project of some sort or donate to a good cause but a large amount is wasted on luxury items or just hoarded and kept. Happiness is something that comes from within and isn’t something you can buy although of course there are some objects that can make your life better that are not just bare essentials such as access to a computer, books, a car etc.

To go a little off topic it is  funny (and sad) how “Back in 1930, Keynes predicted that the working week would be drastically cut, to perhaps 15 hours a week, with people choosing to have far more leisure as their material needs were satisfied.” but today people still work so hard.

Inspired by:

http://aeon.co/magazine/society/millenials-and-the-meaning-of-work/

http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/anyone-can-learn-to-be-a-polymath/

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photo credit: bill barber via photopin cc

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