Why aiming for a career is terrible advice for life


“Machines have become as much like people as people have become like machines. They pulsate with life while we become robots”.

E.F. Schumacher



Be quiet in class and you will get good grades.

If you get good grades you will get into the right school.

If you get into the right school you will get a good job.

If you get a good job you will have a good career…and if you have a good career your life will be perfect.

The end.

But, I’ll question the value of having a career and I’d challenge the sense in telling our young people to strive for something that makes the majority of the adult population tired, frustrated, indebted and miserable.

Most people with a career aren’t very happy. That is a fact. Careers require us to become highly specialised in some trivial thing. So we are brilliant in one minute range of knowledge or skill but absolutely rubbish at everything else. We can’t fix our own cars. We don’t know how to produce our own music. We rely on others to care for our children or look after our money.

The career is an empty promise. It is striving and suffering for future wealth and happiness. Trouble is people aren’t getting particularly happy or wealthy from their labours.  Years ago a single adult’s earnings supported the entire family. Now two adults working two jobs each can’t pay an average families bills and our jobs are not secure. They can disappear at any instant leaving us in the lurch.

Far from being an outlet for our creativity and intelligence our careers are becoming mechanistic and dull. The machine and digitisation has not been our salvation from drudgerous jobs unfit for men and women. But worst, our careers do little to enhance our wellbeing or bring the riches for a life of leisure and pleasure. Far from freeing us our machines mean that the office follows us everywhere we go.

I reject the notion of a career. I do not believe that we were born to work our lives away as corporate drones in a system designed only to benefit an obscenely wealthy few.

Humanity is rich and brilliant in spite of our careers not because of them. Our greatest achievements are by passionate and poorly paid teachers, scientists, musicians, artists, writers, programmers and philosophers.

Perhaps we need money yes, but there are more spiritually uplifting and satisfying means to generate what we need to live a good life. And this only becomes easier as we become thriftier.

 

 

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The thief’s hand in the cookie jar

“Opportunity makes a thief”

Francis Bacon

If somebody swooped in and stole a piece of your property you’d be pissed. Naturally you’d do something about it. Something serious. Likewise if somebody dipped their greedy little fingers into your bank account (or would you)? Same thing if someone turned up wearing your shoes or if your car was taken right off the street.

There is one thing that is completely different.

People steal it from you everyday yet it it your most precious resource.

It’s your time.

Any old Jo or Joanne calls up, stops by your desk at work or sends you some junk and bam you give them your attention! Cell phones, TV’s, the office and the internet are all time robbers. Now I’m not about efficiency or time management or anything like that, but I am a fan of slow and I’m also a fan of choice. I’m a fan of getting to consciously choose how I spend my time because my time (really my effort and my attention) is my life. Time robbers are like putting yourself into a lifelong daydream. One day you wake up and you’re frail and old. ‘Where’d it all go?’ you’ll think. What did I do with all those years? Life will seem short.

Better to live a rich and full life entirely in each moment. Consciously aware and actively doing the most fulfilling thing that presents itself to you in every moment.

Remember the purpose of life is to be happy.

The Pestilence of Central Banks

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

Henry Ford

 

Our way of life is utterly contrived to ensure that the efforts of our life’s labour is directly transferred to big government and bigger banks. Think about it. You work for 30 years to pay your mortgage.  During this time the lionshare of any salary you earn is redirected straight to the bank to pay off your house, your car and anything else that you bought on credit. At the same time another vast proportion of your career earnings (usually ⅓) is transferred straight to the government coffers.

 

From your 40 or 60 hour, 5 to 6 or 7 day work week you try to generate a meager allowance for energy, food, apparel, shelter and store bought experiences.  Basically its a lot of life and a huge amount of your creative, intellectual and physical labour all for very little in return. The Central Banks greedily haul in your money (and everyone else’s) and then use this capital to fund profitable activities for themselves like wars. All wars are bankers wars. So the question. Why are we labouring, or soldiering, spilling our sweat and our blood to make obscenely rich bankers grossly wealthier. It’s not like they are doing anything positive with all their money and power. While they eat lobster and rape communities around the globe billions starve.

 

I used to think the Government, the right sort at least could make a difference. My logic was that with all those people and the incredible resources that the Government has simple social problems would quickly be identified and fixed. However, during my lifetime all I’ve seen are ineffectual efforts and huge political focus to misdirect people away from the issues that really matter. In time I figured it out. Voting is pointless. It just encourages them. There is no real difference between parties. They are all equally beholden to banking interests. Together they’ve created a set of rules that let a handful of families win big time.

Look at your life. See the rules, the shackles, that the banks put on you at birth. They call the rules economic and monetary policy.They pull the strings of government and the entertainment media to keep us transfixed in a narrow bandwidth of work and fear. These repugnant cankers operate from so far back in the shadows that 95% of people strongly believe that going to work almost all of the time for almost all of their lives, but receiving very little in return, is some kind of great deal for them.

The first step is to see yourself in wage slavery. A rat in the race. Next step in freeing yourself from the matrix is to live simply, avoid debt and keep most of what you earn for yourself. Once you can see the real reason behind the wars on TV and you are able to see the tricks of the banks as plain as the nose on your face your next duty is to tell others. To collaborate with others to take our world beyond the myth of capitalism and neo-classical economics.   Ultimately it would be good to see consumption taxed instead of production or labour as this would rationalise the use of scarce resources as a means to create wealth. We also need to make sure that whatever the system it is better suited to address the needs of the many rather than the extreme greed of the few.

We the people hold the power because this system is valid only until we don’t believe in it anymore.