Labor Day is over and it’s back to work — well actually I worked a few hours on Labor Day and I certainly worked the Labor Day weekend. But then again I’m an over-the-road truck driver, so that is not unusual — it comes with the territory.
But my comment on Labor Day is that there really is no future in labor.
I would advise any young person not yet in the work world or at least not stuck in anything yet to stay far away from the idea of classifying yourself as a “worker” or as a member of the societal group called “labor”.
As a worker you are valuable to your employer. Right up until the time it is found that you can be replaced by automation.
And really, few fields are immune. And in the future perhaps none will be.
I just read an article in a trade magazine for transportation company owners and management that in Italy they’re experimenting with driverless trucks. The article concludes it’s still about 20 years off.
And you probably read something several weeks ago about robot teachers in Japan.
We actually may fast be approaching a world in which there is little to no need for human labor.
I suppose there may always be a need for some type of craftsmanship and there may be a need for technicians to operate and maintain the machinery, but it seems there is going to be a lot less demand for workers in general.
The right wing political types always seem to be preaching something that sounds like they think everyone ought to be a self-sufficient entity, needing no help nor support from anyone or anything (government especially). In the world that seems to be forming around us they may have something there — I don’t know how this all works (pardon the expression) though.
Call me crazy, but I have actually enjoyed working, for the most part, although I did not like every job I ever had and certainly did not enjoy every work day.
Something that occurs to me is that even though we have and are expanding our technology that is making work as we have known it unnecessary, that does not mean we actually have to use it.
Also, I think I touched on this before, but if no one really needed to work, we would have to come up with a different economic system. Currently, with most people being workers (still), we have this system where we share limited resources by earning tokens (money) based on our work. These tokens allow us to get things we need, such as food and shelter, and luxuries beyond the basics. But if we did not work, who would give us the tokens?