Old Diary

Your life is planned out for you

“But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work. We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.”




One thought on “Your life is planned out for you

  1. Truth! We try to fill the hole in our souls with things – things that ingenious marketing teams make into “brands” that are supposed to fill our little hearts with joy. Perhaps they do – but only temporarily and then it’s on to the next novel idea or the newest thing. It’s crazy, as of course you know. Hubby and I agreed not to buy gifts for one another this year and we even managed to convince our kids to keep it to a minimum (couldn’t convince them to forego bringing us stuff we don’t really need or want though). It was a nice Christmas, hope yours was too.


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