What’s your time worth to you? What importance do you place on your physical and mental health? And how many hours a week do you work? How much is that in a year? How much in a lifetime? Is it worth it? Do you feel like that’s a life well spent?
Instead of wasting your time in (mostly, and oftentimes utterly) meaningless jobs, you could use that incredible, almost frightening amount of hours, days, years for more fulfilling activities. Like spending time on the things you love, or with family and friends. More time in nature, more time with your pet — that labrador that’s waiting for you at home, wondering what the hell you’re doing all day while you… work. You could spend more time living. What a radical thought, huh?
The capitalist never-ending pursuit of more, always more, economic growth, GDP, wealth (not for you, working-class peasant, but for them), and the destruction of everything that cannot be commodified (such as animals, nature, or happiness and purpose) endangers our health, society, and the environment. Most life on this planet is already dead and that’s just the beginning. What survives is what’s useful to us. 1
And yet you keep working. Every day, you go there and sell yourself. You do it because there is no choice and no alternative. Well, how much longer? When does life begin?