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  •  Very true! (1+ / 0-)
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    Maggie Pax

    I have been trying to push people in that direction.  That is exactly what macro-economic historians like Rianne Eisler see coming.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 09:10:46 AM PDT

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    •  for me, it has to start with (0+ / 0-)

      the nature of work, how it is valued, how humans are valued by it, and how we value human beings.

      Someone upthread quoted Freud, iirc, on "lieder und arbeit" (sp?),  love and work.  Two essential non-material needs.

      Something meaningful to do and someone to love.

      Then I jump to an old digger aphorism:  "If it isn't worth doing for love (of doing it) then it's not worth doing".  Our best work energy comes from an inner drive to do something, something I would do just because I love to do it.  My "work", as opposed to coming at something with the minimum needed to do the "job".  Few of us are blessed to love our work, and our work is better for that love.  The pay is incidental to the dynamic, not the driver of the dynamic.

      At risk of being tedious, another old digger aphorism: "Do your own thing".  Everybody  ought to be able to find what their "work" is and do it, rather than be trapped by wage slavery.

      I could go on, but those are a few starting concepts towards rethinking the paradigm.  Oh, and the robots do all the repetitive drudge work so humans are freed for meaningful work, like raising kids, or planting a garden, or building a house, or writing a poem or going fishing, etc.

      Me?  Starry-eyed dreamer?  

      "Mr. Obama needs to put forward a comprehensive plan and fight for it. If he loses to obstructionist Republicans, Americans will know who is to blame."---NYT

      by claude on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 12:41:00 PM PDT

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