|"Secret Texts" by Tim Holmes;, book, bronze, silver, tar, oil; 18 x 21in.|
There is another possibility! Basic Income is one of the most brilliant concepts of our time– that there is now enough material in the world for everyone to be given basic survival needs by the state, so that every person could spend their time applying their talents in whatever way they wish. This idea has been gaining ground, especially in Europe. But one surprising question arises: would we quit mandatory "work" even if we felt we could? Or are we somehow brainwashed that our personal value rests in machine-like production and that we don't deserve leisure?
As a successful early retiree, I struggle with this (joyfully!) One thing a life of constant work provides is an underlying sense of meaning ("I have to work or I would starve"). If that were removed we'd have to justify ourselves with new meaning! This is where I am, trying to legitimize myself outside of "work" (making money). I imagine new possibilities and make art but is that enough? Am I worth this leisure? This is the ultimate, most meaningful question.
I hope the developing world can avoid taking the path of the "first" world of endless consumption in place of a life of true pleasure. We in the west have always been slaves of the god of "economic growth" but I'm struggling to believe that I deserve a better life– one of meaning and beauty. Do you ?