The Abolition of Work – A Ludic Revolution?

“No one should ever work.

Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.”

Bob Black writes in his seminal essay about what would happen if we had a Ludic Revolution. Thanks to Bruce Lawson (@brucel) for the link. More background here.

“Profit is the reward for correctly understanding an aspect of reality ahead of your peers.”

Above is a quote from Alain de Botton that I keep bringing up in presentations. Isn’t this the purest form of entrepreneurship – anticipating the future?

“I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of work, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organised diminution of work.”

Black and de Botton got me to thinking about Bertrand Russell‘s 1932 essay “In Praise of Idleness“.

1 thought on “The Abolition of Work – A Ludic Revolution?”

  1. Bob Black is absolutely right. There is this aspect to it, though: Man is the only creature on Earth that has to work for a token (money) so that he can BUY the four essentials of life – air (the latest, via “carbon tax”), shelter, food and water. The converse is, of course, that Man is the only creature on Earth that is so degenerate as to force his fellows to have to work to earn the wherewithal to buy these essentials.
    Looking at it objectively, Mankind is so arrogant as to think that he is the most intelligent (whatever THAT means) creature on Earth, when he is, in fact, no more than a cancer on the skin of the planet. Think how concerned YOU would be if you found a growth on your skin that spread its devastation as quickly as Man is doing.
    We have managed to pollute our atmosphere, almost all our water, vast tracts of soil; we level hills to harvest granite with which to ace buildings and mark our graves … when we SHOULD be returning the fertility that went into building our bodies back to the soil.
    William Shakespeare saw it when he penned this piece of irony in Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 303–312: “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
    infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
    admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
    a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals… “

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