Relaxation, hobbies, raising children or reading a book are dismissed as laziness. That’s how powerful the mythology of work is.It is strange world in which we live; "the nine-to-five feels like a relic of a bygone era."
Life has become so much about work that I feel I have to defend myself when not working, even though the friend assures me that I am all the time "in my head" and that I need to get out of it!
In the bad old days, workers and prisoners were even be chained to their work. In these modern times, we have replaced those physical chains with digital tethers. People work, work, and work all the time through their various digital devices.
And, when they are not working in order to earn for themselves, people are working in order to help gazillionaires make even more money--their interactions via Facebok and WhatsApp and everything else are monetized by the corporations. Remember, you are their raw material that they mine so that you can be entirely replaced by machines!
What most of us do even now is darn useless. Pointless. Bullshit jobs. Which is why we refer to some jobs as "essential services" while most of the rest are, ahem, dispensable to varying degrees.
Soon, there will be such a huge number of useless people that there will be "the useless class. People who are not just unemployed, but unemployable."
The quest for meaning in work, and meaning in life, will become even more urgent than now. Because, when meaning is not to be found, then you can easily imagine any number of things going wrong in a human's life. Dystopia looms large without a sense of meaning.
I need to get out of my head and stop working for a while. Bye for now ;)