Saturday June 2nd 2012 Tim
The nature of gainful employment is found in defining
it as a form of idleness. Naturally there will be the ambitious
who are also gainfully employed, but these I would call exuberant
outliers, because most of us do what is asked, try not to get depressed
and then we go home. And here 'idleness' has nothing to do with
hard work, rather it has to do with permitting a mental process to
become turgid and smug, which is another way of saying anesthetized.
Defining this mental process by simply giving it the title
'gainful employment' is thoroughly dissatisfying.
And I guess it's an area that
requires adopting those strategies from management schools that put numbers
upon our backs and then take notes or make observations, which are collated, sent through formulas
that produce even more reasons why people when left unsupervised are
terribly inefficient, unless they are hungry, or cold, or without a home, or
don't have running water, cable television, an X-Box, a cell phone, or an
electric train set. No clue what an X-Box is, but I fondled the long
tracks, pictured the engine shunting around in the room where I sleep and I
almost volunteered for the sin of overtime.