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  •  It's not a sin, but they'd like to make everyone (1+ / 0-)
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    believe it is. It has to be some sort of ultimately damning fault of the person who is having difficulty finding work so everyone can turn their heart away and have no sympathy. Without sympathy, without the ability to imagine one's self in those people's place, any sort of public policy becomes possible. Somehow you can't ever imagine yourself in that place until you are there. Then no one will listen to what you have to say because you've proven yourself unfit.

    It's perfectly circular reasoning. People are unsuccessful because they're bad. How do we know that they're bad? Because they're unsuccessful.

    In my own ideal world, automation should mean that we should be able to work shorter hours, retire early, perhaps take a sabbatical and go back to school or pursue an interest. Only the rare people who have a driving passion about their work would have to work themselves ragged, and that's only because they're internally driven. We should be more comfortable and prosperous on average, not less.

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