Work Life from A Human Perspective (Philosophy of Work)
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Exercise and Philosophy (LIFE) requires abundant leisure time, self-directed and free.
Modern Society, Capitalism as it calls itself, has not yet achieved the level of humanity, or basic human decency
A very common attitude toward waged work, or having a job, in America and elsewhere in the modern world is, “I’m gonna fuckin’ kill myself” “This is pointless monotony which I’m being coerced into doing for someone else, who I have no connection to and refuses to respect me as a human being.”
Survivalism is inculcated into everyone for the benefit of the few at the top who want nothing more than cheap labor without question or threat of revolt.
In America, we raise our children to be “good workers” for about two decades. Then we release them into an economic world ruled by people who hate workers.
The basic philosophy ruling the American economy is fiercely anti-social, elitist, and unwelcoming to anyone who isn’t glad to be in competition for the respect of an elder class of selfish capitalists who do nothing to improve the quality of life of the society in general.
It’s designed to make sure workers have no voice and no purpose other than to serve slavishly the wishes of invisible masters.
American leaders show no good will toward students, or the majority of workers.
One primary purpose of the Cold War was/is to keep militaristic control of the working class and poor within America’s own borders.
How Class Works — Richard Wolff Examines Class
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The Current Population of Japan is around 125 million.
The Current Population of America is around 325 million.
It’s hard to find reliable yearly statistics for suicide but if you do a little searching you find something like this…
Around 40,000 to 45,000 die by suicide every year in the United States.
Around 30,000 to 35,000 die by suicide every year in Japan.
No complete count is kept of suicide attempts in the U.S.
However, each year the CDC gathers data from hospitals on non-fatal injuries from self-harm.
494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm.
This number suggests that self-inflicted injuries which require hospitalization are at least 12 times more common than reported suicide-deaths. However, because of the way these data are collected, we are not able to distinguish intentional suicide attempts from non-intentional self-harm behaviors.
Many suicide attempts, however, go unreported or untreated.
Surveys suggest that at least one million people in the U.S. each year engage in intentionally inflicted self-harm.
Females attempt suicide three times more often than males. As with suicide deaths, rates of attempted suicide vary considerably among demographic groups. While males are 4 times more likely than females to die by suicide, females attempt suicide 3 times more often as males.
The ratio of suicide-attempts to suicide-deaths in youth is estimated to be about 25 to 1, compared to about 4 to 1 in the elderly.
Apostle of Japan – British biographical summary of Kagawa (1888-1960) – Published in 1936
by Margaret Baumann of Leeds University in Britain
Don’t know if the following description is economically unsound, or too patronizing; the book paints a general picture which is somewhat satisfying, well-meaning, highlighting points for further study.
(At the beginning of the 1900’s) (After ending of wars with China, 1894-95, and Russia 1904-05)
Experts from every western nation have been brought over to “show how things are done” and young Japanese have gone all over the world to glean knowledge.
(I don’t know if the following was a fair description at the time, or too simplistic)
// What inspires them? A nationalist spirit more intense than anywhere in the world; for the emperor is still at the center of things, and he is still revered as a divine personage. The Japanese people is accustomed to think of itself as an army of ants, having no right to individual happiness, but rather born to labor for the glory of the nation. Whether this is good or bad depends on the ideal towards which the nation is striving. To decide whether the Japanese ideal is good or bad, we have merely to ask ourselves why Japanese goods are so cheap. (no?) The answer is shouted from the slums, fishing villages, and rice fields. //
The more powerful the nation becomes, the more wretched grows the plight of the workers. (seems true)
Japanese goods are cheap because the Japanese standard of living is so low, and because labor is exploited by a ruthless master – the State – not for the welfare of the individuals who compose it, but to make Japan a powerful nation in terms of army, navy, and foreign finance.
We see modern Japan as a robot-nation, working efficiently to produce wealth and power; she has not only introduced machines, but has also turned the people into machines, to be used and discarded, and replaced in a great profit-making system. How long the system can last depends upon how long the people will submit to spend their joyless lives on such a treadmill. Kagawa says: “Japan is assailed by a whirlwind of fear, and its organization is shaken from the very foundation. There is no spirit here.” Recent events bear out his words; there have been strikes and imprisonments. (…)
Nor can we speak of contentment and happiness in a country where there are (in Kagawa’s estimate) 14,000 suicides a year, and countless more attempts to end lives that are a burden and a failure.
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It is always a culture’s social presumptions, economic policies and lack of opportunities, which lead to suicide. All social factors leading to suicide can be said to be economic factors.
Overwork and disrespect for the working class and poor, which make up the majority of society, characterizes the modern world.
Collective choices of government, styles of economic interaction, imposed social expectations, taught-perceived opportunity contrasted against actual institutional existence; all of these are factors to be considered in the ultimate causation of suicide.
Capitalists are quick to note that introversion is often associated as a precursor to suicide. This is a superficial perception, as are most perceptions coming from extroverted capitalist society.
A culture of extroversion is far more likely to be the ultimate cause of suicide.
A culture of extroversion is empasizes collectivism in work-life rather than developing personal creativity and deepening an intellectual worldview.
Capitalist society attempts to highlight the “health” associated with extroversion for its own selfish aims. Modern society, for the same reason, focuses on pathologizing introversion rather than highlighting its necessity for fruitful productivity and general mental health. Modern extroversion blurs the personal will and creates shallow people bent on “persuading” others into behavioristic traps, destroying the fun that would otherwise be inherent in cooperation, collaboration, and even competition.
A society which encourages a slave-like work-life, is practiced in the acceptance of the death of the self, a kind of pre-determined fatalism present in all of us, ultimately leading to suicide, unless it is originating from and having recourse to a religious environment and cultural sensibility.
The imposed inability or impossibility (perceived uselessness) of intellectual development, and therefore creative development of the self, beyond the stated needs of a particular job-sector, is a form of living suicide; mental death in the service of physical demand; a postponement of life promised as a future by a spiritually absent leadership.
Modern capitalist drives toward achievement and manifest themselves as a forgoing of intelligence, the stultifying of personal creative development, and the acceptance of constant stress and inevitable disease-state.
‘The modern style of capitalism expresses itself as a veneration of shallow extroverted interaction to the exclusion of contemplation, meditation and normal human communication and understanding’ ‘partially caused by the knowledge-less encouragement of a previous generation of lead-brained capitalists who feel they have achieved their life only through extroversion. Lead to the brain makes people unable to appreciate meditative rest, value inactivity and alone-time, and develop ideas without bothering other people.
Introversion as religious impulse without religious environment, in the absence of functioning religious institutions …
introversion as a reaction to abnormal work cultures
striving for achievement in the eyes of others and institutional expectations and demands
unbalanced externalizing drive of egoic behavior is major cause of suicide, because it replaces humane communication with scorn, mockery, disrespect for contemplative life.
cultural generalization of the misunderstanding introverted behavior, stigmatizing and demonization of natural behavior in an overbearing attempt to get others to “join them” in acceptable extroversion.
Normalizing abnormal extroversion while openly and proudly expressing their inability to understand normal introversion, intellectual seeking and spiritual seeking.
Inside Story – Will Japan’s overwork culture change?
Shame, guilt, peer-pressure, loss of human values, insecurity, power, pride, honor, fear, capitalism, war –> all these contribute to suicide
imposition of deluded cultural images
Unmet ideals, promised ideals
Irresponsibly money-driven/materialistic parenting, no passing down of useful skills/knowledge/creative resources
Ill will, deception, paradoxical imposition of dependence in a system which takes advantage people, calling one thing by the opposite name for selfish gain or evasion of judgement
No knowledge-building systems, over-emphasis on competition, over-emphasis on selling oneself to another’s purposes
No useful guidance into career paths
The values of society are inherited and must be re-designed on a fundamental level
The psychology of youth, in their long-term development, is heavily vulnerable to their parent’s chosen work efforts, habits of perception, focus of values, and choice of description.
It’s hard to generalize, but modern parents would like their children to be more independent of their personalities. This may or may not be realistic or possible. Depending on the strength or weakness of social support systems which give the individual power to take control over their own lives and become financially stable, it will be either easier or more difficult for young people to make realistic choices about commitment to a life’s work.
At the present state of America’s economic culture, it is often impossible to make obviously beneficial choices for oneself and one is expected to continually move forward in a system which as no purpose, no end, and no good will toward the individual student / seeker of work.
Most jobs are worthless to human beings, and in fact prevent personal development. Why is this only obvious to the people doing them? It’s not. Most jobs are designed to be dead-ends for the worker and freeing to the owner.
It’s a predatory society in which one class of people is created by the economic actions of a second class of people. Growing up in such a society is like being invited into the jaws of a tiger.
People are being locked into a slave-like relationship with no real upward mobility, while being taught that they have to work harder and harder to make progress. This means modern capitalism is socially unnatural, creating resentment, and unspoken hatred between the working class and upper class. Good honest people often stay in denial about the dark oppressive one-sided nature of modern society. Society hasn’t been designed to provide beneficial workplaces and the ability to join an enjoyable culture centered around maximization human health and freedom. That’s a far off ideal which has never been actualized. Free creative association is just a dream which takes real supportive communities, friends and maybe family. Corporate society likes to claim that they proved “Real opportunity for anyone willing to work” but they are specialized in creating appearances which manipulate others into actions which benefit the owner much more than they benefit the individual worker. Cheap labor is their ideal, like the slave owner, whose ideal is free labor. Society has not yet decided to be fully human and create real opportunity and creative cooperation for the maximization of health and freedom for all. The rich have resisted this at every step. One could say that the devil rules society, and you wouldn’t be making an inaccurate metaphor.
Governments and corporate “job-designers” have the opportunity to change this situation before the world ends. But they are unlikely to choose to do so.
Considering natural human development from a realistic enlightened perspective, existing capitalism amounts to life-long institutionalized rape of the disadvantaged and less capable, ending in slavery which is both mental and physical, and more mental than slavery in previous centuries.
Economics is not a science. It is generally a direct insult toward humanity in the context of present systems. It’s an expression of the will of the rich, and a description of their actions. It’s a way of classifying people and destroying individuality, creativity, and collaborative potential.
//CUT REWRITE– Society as it stands is unjust and inhuman and will result in continuous anarchy and destructive movements of the dispossessed. A lot of people would like to forget the chaos that arose after the 2008 economic catastrophe and the protests and riots it caused.
// But most middle class people remember the Occupy movement. And that wasn’t even about the widespread availability of mostly terrible jobs which are degrading to normal human intelligence. //
Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor (Full Length)
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BULLSHIT JOBS – David Graeber
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