by Kenneth Justice
~ At coffee yesterday my friends and I couldn’t help but notice the scene out the window of the café, a road construction crew was ‘hard’ at work redoing the pavement; about a dozen dudes were out there working on the concrete but over the course of an hour never more than two guys were actually doing any work, the rest of the dudes were usually leaning against their shovels.
Let me state for the record that I’m not making fun of construction workers; they work a whole hell of a lot harder than me; I’ve never had to lean against a shovel all day and I’m sure it’s quite exhausting!
Depending on the study, researchers estimate that employees waste anywhere between two and four hours per day. Thus, for the most part, half the work day is spent in non-company activity; surfing social networks, reading the NEWS, texting or calling friends, playing computer games, or leaning against a shovel.
Many employers have told me throughout the years that their employees are “lazy as s**t!”
However, in my all-consuming quest to question everything in life; who says that we SHOULD be working every minute of every work day? Has anyone ever wondered who came up with this concept that we have to work non-stop from the moment we arrive to work till the moment the work day is over?
I’ve had some really good friends who were farmers; they are hard workers. But my farmer friends take a TON of breaks. Sure, they get up at four in the morning but they take a LOT of naps throughout the day, and they hang out and talk with neighbors for hours; isn’t this a good thing?
In the Western World’s quest to ever increase its technological advancements it seems that somewhere along the line we adopted a philosophy of working like hell. Perhaps it’s the Protestant work ethic that Max Weber wrote about so long ago, or perhaps we’re merely trying to outdo other countries; either way it seems to me that we have created such a fast-paced vocational life for people it wears a lot of us thin.
Yesterday at coffee a friend expressed to me, “Kenneth, by the time I get home from work I’m so damn exhausted that I eat dinner and have no energy left, I zone out in front of the television and then go to sleep. My life has become so boring because I’m just so tired”
If we all admit that life is short and that it passes us by ever so quickly; why are we working so damn hard and missing out on so much in life?
Sadly, I just noticed the clock and I’m running out of time or I’ll be late for work……but what the hell, maybe I’ll have just one more coffee this morning, it’s not that big of a deal, is it?
p.s. thank you to everyone who wrote me such nasty emails over the course of the past two weeks in response to my articles about science and fundamentalism. It was ever so joyous to wake up each morning and see email after email from my readers calling me a s**t-head. If I had any doubts about whether scientists were moving into a new fundamentalist mentality; your emails have helped confirm my suspicions.
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