If you consider how complex modern society is it’s easy to see why people don’t understand the reality of work. It’s easy to see why at first glance maybe dreaming of the day when “no one has to work”, or maybe just a little, isn’t so far fetched. And who knows, maybe we’ll get there. If we do it won’t be because the world changed, or the facts. It will be because humanity managed to become so incredibly efficient that we can produce so much with so little effort.
We’re well beyond 10, 000 BC today. We work a measly “40 hr work week” and do just fine. That’s far better than maybe the 84-90 hour work week that folks used to put in. AND we’ve got a lot more to show for it.
But back to WORK. It’s not a four letter word. (“yes it is” – “no its not” – “you can’t count” – “quiet! I’m being figurative“)
Work is life. We need to change our perception and our understanding. We need to stop presenting to children and students that work is an unpleasant hardship. How motivating is it to be presented with a view of life that tells you that you must do these things, they aren’t enjoyable, but that’s just the way it is. Sign me up!? I don’t think so.
We want to inspire. Want to find pleasure in work? satisfaction? Be one of those people who “worked” real hard and long all their life and in the end claim to “never have worked a day in my life”? Sign me up! You bet. There’s one way. Do what you love. Done. You’re on your way. If you can work at what moves you, what you’re passionate about then it’s a great pleasure and you want to do more of it. You do it in the evening, on the weekends… you chose to work very hard at it. BECAUSE IT MOVES YOU. Your work becomes a great source of satisfaction. LIMIT how much I can work? How dare you!
The way to end up there is to have an experience in school that allows you to discover who you are and what moves you. We are not all the same. We are NOT all the same. We are not all the SAME. What moves me may bore you to tears. I can’t understand for the life of me why some people chose to listen to other people’s problems and troubles all day long and give them guidance on how to manage. This has zero interest for me. That they love it and are great at it is a wonderful thing. It’s not my bag… by boat would be sunk by it, not floated.
Let’s make schools that allow each individual, unique, wonderful person to find out what their gift/talent/exceptionality is. Let’s do THAT. That’s what I’d call education. Imagine a world of people each contributing what they are best at because they were permitted to discover what that was. Today we don’t do this. We “standardize”. We make widgits in schools. Mass produced. Steamlined.
“How old are you?” room 304. As if every eight year old was the same.