I remember the Looney Tunes episodes where the sheepdog and the wolf would try to out smart each other. The incoming sheepdog shows up at “work” with his lunch box and greets the outgoing sheepdog, “Hello Fred”, “Hello Ralph”. And off to his “shift” he goes. (They even punch in:)
Is that what life is?
Are we just cogs in a machine?
I now work in a pretty large factory. On a production line. I kind of like it. It is challenging work.
But what am I doing?
Am I making a meaningful contribution to society?
Does this even matter?
I mean it is the largest tire manufacturer in the world. The economy “needs” people to buy stuff.
Or does it?
What would happen if no one bought anything for a day? Would the world explode? No really, I want to know!
I like the interaction with my coworkers. The jokes and carrying on.
But are we just drones?
Why do we work? Money I guess. Satisfaction that we are contributing… something.
How many people bitch about their job? I taught school and I certainly bitched about that!
But what was I complaining about? Hmmm. I need to examine that.
I owned a successful business with my ex wife. I bitched about that. The business, not the ex wife!
Gosh this isn’t looking too good is it??
Is it human nature to NOT be happy with working? I hear lots of complaining from the other people I work with about a wide variety of issues.
I am so fortunate to have a job. A fairly well paying job at that. And there is room for advancement if one is so inclined.
And it is close to me. I can walk there in 20 minutes! No polluting and exercise!
But back to the question at hand? Are we just cogs in the machine?
So many other people who have minimalist lifestyle blogs seem to want to travel(which is VERY cool) and have some kind of lifehacking, location independent passive income lifestyle. I am certainly not against that.
Do they not have children? Or do the kids go too?
There are more thoughts rolling around in my head but I got off work at 8 this morning and I am a wee bit tired.
Are YOU a cog in a machine?
Are you working at your dream job?
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