A Day Without Wage Slavery

February 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm (Uncategorized)

I don’t have a very onerous job. Sure, it can be busy, and at times the word load can be heavy, but overall, it’s a good gig. Of course, a day off is a great thing.

I took a day today because I had to take my dog to the vet. The vet is near where I live, but I don’t work near where I live, and since i had to pick up the dog around noon, it just made sense.

Got up a little later. Walked the dog, then took him to the vet. Went for breakfast. Hung out with friends and ran a few errands.

Picked up the dog and came home. Watched John Oliver and the truly wonderful Better Call Saul, did a little work related stuff. Checked my email, then picked up my daughter from school.

Made dinner for the kids and will watch Gotham with my son later. All-in-all a pretty civilized day.

But a thought struck me late in the afternoon. Shit! How am I going to have time for all the “me” stuff tomorrow when I have to go back to work and catch up?

Remember that passage in The German Ideology:

For as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a herdsman, or a critical critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood; while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic. This fixation of social activity, this consolidation of what we ourselves produce into an objective power above us, growing out of our control, thwarting our expectations, bringing to naught our calculations, is one of the chief factors in historical development up till now

Now I don’t have much desire to go hunting or fishing, but it would  make for a much better life for everyone if we could make those kinds of choices. Back to the treadmill then.


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