Last Sunday, a young woman, Michaele invited me and puppy Shadow over for breakfast. The invitation felt good. So seldom do I get invited personally to meals in others’ homes!
I thought it would be just the two of us, and the dogs. But no, there were two other young ones there, plus Rebecca, who had unexpectedly arrived back from a Bluegrass Festival earlier than expected. So there we were, the two crones with the three budding beauties, on the cusp of their adult lives during a time when the world is falling apart.
The first course was spectacular: a nut, inside a date, wrapped in bacon. On my! Then I discovered Michaele works for a caterer, and is getting quite good at cooking! Incredible eggs with all sorts of stuff in them followed, plus gluten-free cornbread and coffee. I had to remind her to get me coffee too. (I had arrived a bit later than the others), ribbing her in the way that Sagittarians do, all in good fun, and luckily, she’s used to me and Rebecca, the two Sagittarians who live in the adjacent homes.
Then I asked the young man what he does for “work.” He told me he works for Amazon, a high stress job, late at night, making sure that orders are complete and on the right conveyer belts to get to the right trucks (UPS, FedEx, etc.) for the nightly long-distance hauls at 1 and 5 AM. He says the teamwork is pretty good, except when people get too stressed out.
I ask him what he would do if there were no obstacles. If he could follow his passion rather than “work” at a job that, obviously, is both stressful and yet mechanical in nature, and perhaps even could be done by computers and robots, just like a lot of “work” these days.
My question shifted the atmosphere. I could feel him both relax and get excited. Aaaah, the possibilities!
With this remark I launched into one of my favorite subjects: why do we keep on stressing the idea of “creating jobs,” and “getting jobs,” when what we really need to do, all of us, is dive into the real work of understanding ourselves well enough, paying attention to all the subtle cues and hints that our bodies and dreams and synchronicities and so on are gifting us with, to know what it would be to truly follow our unique, original passion, that “work” which gives us energy rather than depletes us.
And what would happen if everybody did this, followed his or her passion utterly, without compromise, and gifted the world around with the fruits of their expression? In such a world, who needs money? We know damn well that such a world would self-organize into a natural living ecosystem just the way Nature does it. All her wild creatures follow their natures, why don’t we?
Here’s an amazing article on economics that concludes the same way. Kind of astonished me. . . . OOps! Oh phooey, can’t find it now. It had to do with the idea of taking away all the superstructure that we have created to “govern” our associations with each other both economically and otherwise, and what would happen? We’d revert back to the self-organizing way that Nature does it. Sure wish I could find that economics article. It was very technical and precise and, to me, mostly gobbeldy gook, until it came to that startlng conclusion.
Two more interesting pieces on Work.
The first one is from a corporate point of view, how to get employees more productive. How to make better busy bees. Yuck, as to its overall perspective, but yes to many of its ideas as to how people do matter, and when management pays attention to their core needs — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual — more work gets done, and of better quality, which of course, makes more money. Profits, the be-all and end-all of corporate life, go up! The bottom line is met. Shareholders are happy. They don’t care what it takes to get there, just do it! Rape the Earth if necessary! Destroy other people and their countries! Privatize everything that should be common! That’s the corporate point of view, and I’d say, that’s — on an unconscious level, the level on which you are connected to all that is alive — on a deeper level, why you might hate work, since you’re participating somehow, in that ethic, or lack of one, when you succumb to the perks of winner-take-all, predatory corporate employment.
The next video is much more evolved, to put it mildly. Yes. Let us move from a money economy that promotes worsening scarcity for the many, and absurd, unsustainable, material opulence for the few, to Ubuntu, the gifting economy, which simply cannot help but create more and more abundance.
“Money is the opposite of all progress. Money prevents the natural flow of free energy. Give it away for free. It will come back to you in ways you cannot imagine.”