“Get a job. Go to work. Get married. Have children. Follow fashion. Act normal. Walk on the pavement. Watch TV. Obey the law. Save for your old age. Now repeat after me: I am free.” ~Unknown
Most of us understand how horrible the practice of literal slavery is. But there’s another form of slavery that we don’t seem to notice and are barely concerned about — wage slavery.
We have the technological capacity to feed, shelter, and provide for the basic needs and wants of all humanity. However, our economic system prevents us from living in a world of abundance that we could easily create, if we wanted to, for the simple reason that money is scarce and hence not all people can afford to live a decent life.
In this system, most people have to submit to wage slavery, whether they like it or not, competing with one another for jobs that will allow them to merely survive, and always feeling financially insecure, which is causing them tremendous stress.
If you’ve been wondering whether you are a slave to your job, these 5 signs will reveal you the truth:
1. You feel compelled to work. Work is immensely beautiful when done out of love to contribute to the well-being of the world. However, the majority of people don’t work because they love what they are doing or out of their desire to share their gifts to the world. On the contrary, they hate their job, and they do it only because they feel compelled to do it. They submit to their job, just so they can earn money, something that they would never choose to do, if given the chance to live well without having to do so.
2. You have a boss. Since most people’s wage depends on their employers, they have to see them as bosses and yield to their will. A clear sign that most people are slaves to their job is that they cannot have a say and express themselves creatively when carrying out a task. They just have obey to the orders given to them by those above them in the work hierarchy.
3. Your job wastes your time. The standard working hours of countries worldwide are around 8 hours per day, which means that about a half of most people’s waking life is owned by their employers, and they waste it doing things they hate doing! If by freedom we mean the choice to spend our time the way we enjoy spending it, then this clearly means that everyone who has a “normal” job is nothing but a slave.
4. Your job wastes your energy. Other than wasting your time, a job is also very energy consuming. After having worked for about 8 hours in conditions of stress, most people return to their home feeling utterly exhausted, not having the energy anymore to do anything creative that gives them joy and improves the quality of their life. All their energy has been wasted during their work, leaving them physically, emotionally and mentally drained.
“How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 8:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?” ~Charles Bukowski