I wonder how many of us are out there. What would happen if we all started speaking out and demanded life-affirming jobs? What would those life-affirming jobs look like? Certainly more than shuffling papers and certainly less than 40 hours per week. These jobs would support an economy that is sustainable, not growth-oriented. And these jobs would take into account all stakeholders, not just shareholders. I’ve heard rumors that those jobs are out there, though rare gems. Doing time until finding a life-affirming alternative.
I guess prisons are on my mind after having listened to Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s excellent talk. On my way to work this morning, I realized that for those of us who don’t like our jobs, they have turned into a prison as well. Doing time until lunch. Doing time until the end of the day. Doing time until the weekend. Doing time until the next vacation. Doing time until retirement. The imprisonment is perfected by the lack of a safety net, which is being dismantled further during this recession. If I quit my job, I’ll loose health care (or I have to pay a lot of money for good health care or settle for care that kicks in when something traumatic happens). Doing time until universal health care. Unless you’ve built up a nest egg you can tap into, you can’t afford to quit and look around. Even going back to school is becoming perilous since many schools are cutting classes and other services. Doing time until we support each other.