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Why We Shouldn't Be Creating More Jobs

Updated on October 8, 2017
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Growing up in a political family, Tessa joined her first political party at 14. Her interest in progressive politics & economics continues.

Money and jobs

Because having money is linked to our survival and wellbeing, and because jobs are linked to money, the reasoning is that we won’t survive or be happy without jobs. Therefore, it is thought that the solution to survival and wellbeing is for everybody to have a job. However, that is not true. If jobs didn’t pay money, and an increasing number are without pay, then the point of a job is lost. The only point of a job, these days, is to earn sufficient money to survive. Let me give you ten reasons why we shouldn’t be focused on creating jobs.

The purpose of jobs

1. The purpose of jobs, currently, is to provide for our needs and for our well-being. If this can be done without a job, there is no reason for jobs to exist. There is a difference between work and jobs.

Difference between work and jobs

2. Work could be defined as something that needs to be done for our survival and wellbeing. That is its only purpose. Jobs are ‘created’ in order to profit individuals who wish to have more than their fair share, often at the expense of others. We need to eradicate jobs and focus on work.

We need a new economic model so that all people can benefit from production and distribution

Half of jobs will be gone within the next 5 to 15 years

3. Jobs are increasingly becoming scarce because automation through computers and artificial intelligence has reached a level whereby, within the next 5 to 15 years, half of humanity will be without paying work. You can read more about job obsolescence here and you can also google the term to find out more. Some predict that two billion jobs will disappear by 2030. Believe it or not, though, this is a good thing. Human beings weren't meant to work like slaves for tuppence. :)

Human beings should not work more than 20 hours per week

4. Before the industrial revolution, mankind worked an average of twenty hours per week. Look around you. Which other species do you see that works non-stop without rest and recreation? In order for humanity to return to a state of health, sanity, and well-being, it is imperative that we do not work at a level for which our bodies were not created/evolved.

CEOs and leaders know that jobs are being eradicated


The real work that needs to be done

5. Rather than focusing on paid jobs, we need to look at what the real work is that needs to be done. We need to clean up the pollution, eradicate poverty through sharing and creating sustainable systems. The real work that needs to be done is not profitable. Therefore it does not generate paid jobs. It’s time we looked beyond jobs and did the work that needs doing.

Rethinking human systems

6. Human beings are infinitely creative. We need to focus on using our creativity to build sustainable systems that will endure for millennia. We need to design political and economic systems which are, not only immune to abuse and corruption, but are elastic enough to include people of all shapes, sizes, creeds, abilities, and belief systems.

How jobs and capitalism do not benefit most of us

Time to make friends

7. Human beings need free time to form relationships. According to Robin Dunbar, human beings are not capable of more than 150 relationships. By relationship, he does not mean acquaintances and an endless stream of ‘friends’ on the web whom we have never met. It takes time to get to know people in real time. If we are heavily stressed working 40 hours (or more) per week, we never have time to form friendships of depth. Deep friendship provides the essential well-being we all need. You can read more about Dunbar’s number here.

Time to rest and heal

8. Human beings need time to rest and heal. That cannot be done in 24 hours or a week or a month. Sometimes healing takes years. People shouldn’t lose their homes and starve because they have no income. Rest and healing are needs for all human beings at some point in their lives.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs


We need to play more

9. We all need time to play. Play relaxes the brain, the muscles, releases tension, and in a way, prevents disease. Play also stimulates creativity. Without play, our species will become so stressed that we will make wrong and deadly decisions.

Do you really want no time for the important things in life?

Would you prefer to have an income and do the planetary and human work that needs to be done?

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Becoming fully human. Maslow's hierarchy.

10. If we no longer need to focus on jobs which enrich others while giving us pennies, then we can expand to become who we really are. It takes time and resources to become fully human. Without sufficient time, we cannot fulfill our needs. Read about Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

What politicians and Industry leaders won't tell you

Politicians and industry leaders shouldn’t be focused on creating new jobs. It’s also probable that they know that there will be an increasing scarcity of jobs over the next five to fifteen years. However, the alternative is that we do away with capitalism and recreate human structures of survival. This would mean that their wealth would be affected, and this is the reason they are not looking at the real issue.

© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger


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