By Jared Dillian via Iris.xyz
I am never going to retire. Oh sure, I say that now, but what about when I am 80? No. I will never stop working.
Every morning, I get out of bed when the alarm goes off, take a shower, put on dress clothes (a suit, usually), and drive 35 minutes to work in an office that I rent in an office building.
I write newsletters. I can just as easily do that on the couch, in a pair of gym shorts, with a cup of coffee. Why spend over an hour a day commuting and dealing with all the brain damage of putting on a suit and going to work?
Because I like work!
In short, if it doesn’t feel like a job, then it’s not a job.
The reality is that I am the furthest thing from a working stiff. I travel plenty; I make my own schedule. But unless I feel like a working stiff, it doesn’t feel like I am working, or being productive.
Work is good.
The Absurdity of Universal Basic Income
If you go back to the 1970s sci-fi flicks (like Logan’s Run), in the future, nobody has to work.
That’s one prediction that never came true. This is the future, and here we are, still working. Maybe a little less, but not much.
We have more time-saving inventions, but we mostly use the extra time to work more.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says we should all get $1,000 a month so that work can be optional. As the UBI people like to say, that will free us up to pursue our dreams.
That is a terrible idea. People are very, very bad with unstructured free time. And human nature being what it is, people don’t pursue their dreams without a little bit of motivation.
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