Monday, September 12, 2011

Are Jobs Obsolete?

Douglas Rushkoff - Blog - CNN.com: Are Jobs Obsolete?

"I am afraid to even ask this, but since when is unemployment really a problem? I understand we all want paychecks -- or at least money. We want food, shelter, clothing, and all the things that money buys us. But do we all really want jobs?" Read the full story by clicking on the headline above.

This is a very interesting piece. I agree that jobs are really becoming, or already are, obsolete. Many people I'm familiar with via the blogosphere are living in ways that mostly eliminate the need for an actual job.

Simple living is the easiest way to get to this point I think. It's what I'm aiming at right now in my own life. My immediate goal is to reduce my need for money by opting out of almost all of the normal corporatist consumerism ideas. Things like having a big house or even an apartment. Opting out the illusion of "owning" land, which is really just renting from the government. Skipping all of the "stuff" we like to stack up in our big houses eliminates the need for all that space. I also want to opt out of plumbing via a composting toilet. Tiny house living eliminates almost all of your bills, especially if you keep mobile. Solar panels to charge a few small electronic devices, no big screen anything. Internet access is becoming ubiquitous and free, why pay for what is given away free. Of course food from dumpsters is always an option if you want to get extreme :-)

Creative ideas for making money? Not so easy for me, my brain is still stuck in the "job" mode. Here is where I think things like unschooling will be an excellent preparation for the future, free form, creative and always open to new things. Old style schools prepare people for set jobs at set times doing assigned tasks, not so useful for the real world that is coming I don't think.

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