You want healthcare? Work for it.
You want a decent wage? Earn it.
You want to get out of poverty? Well c’mon now. Pull up your boot straps!
Like, you can’t even have your basic needs met without the will to sacrifice all your time and sanity to your corporate overlords.
Productivity is an important thing to create in order to be a contributing member of society, as it's seen in a capitalistic society. Your worth is measured by how much you can *do*, instead of who you are. You’re not a human being, just a cog in the machine.
Yet it seems that this “productivity” has evolved from “adding to the betterment of society” into “adding to the pockets of the rich.” The act of being productive seems to really only benefit an elite few, not yourself and your family, yet alone society at large.
You see, you work your ass off only to be able to barely put scraps of food on the table so you don’t starve. Meanwhile, the owner of the company you work for is nowhere to be found on the work site, because he’s out drinking in the sun with his rich friends on one of his yachts.
And it’s the guy basking in the sun on his giant boat (or in outer space on his rocket ship for that matter) that’s glorified in society. Like he’s the real deal. You gotta work hard to be like him.
Thing is, he ain’t doing shit. These billionaires I’m talking about. They don’t do shit. Yet alone “work hard” in any sense of the phrase. Oh sure, they “provide jobs”.I mean if you want to count paying measly wages to perform hours of back breaking labor on an unpredictable schedule with little to no benefits a “job”, then yeah, they provide that sort of thing, no doubt.
On top of that, billionaires pay little to no taxes. So now they’re NOT contributing to society at all, other than providing the opportunity to work as a corporate slave. Wow, how generous of them. How fucking beneveloent and praseworthy of them to offer poverty in exchange for back breaking work. Give me a break, man. Sheesh.
They’re corrupt af and you know it.
Yet, people would rather have corrupt billionaires than any of these “free loaders.”
They’re afraid of socialism taking over democracy, when they’re already living in an oligarchy. The rich have all the power and call all the shots.
Somehow it’s the people that just want enough to be taken care of that are destroying democracy and not the ones hoarding all the resources to themselves.
Man, this ain’t a democracy. You ain’t free. Anyone that thinks they have freedom is brainwashed. You don’t have freedom. You have the illusion of it. You’re trapped in a world where your hard work gives you the ability to survive. You have owners. They own you. They own me. They own it all. Everyone. Everything. America was bought and sold a long time ago. They’ll feed you just enough scraps on the table to keep your mouth shut.
Yet, it’s clever. It’s clever the way they designed it. You see, you can’t just oppress people without giving them some sort of hope.
Hope is what kept prisoners of the Hallocaust from straight up just offing themselves. They had hope they’d escape. And hope is what keeps people working in corporate America.
People see themselves not as the oppressed working class, but as potential billionaires. They hope that someday they too can be a billionaire and escape the 9 to 5 prison grind.
But that’s not happening. I’d hate to break it to ya, but it’s just simply not the reality of the world in which we live in.
You can work your whole life, and, unless you too are willing to exploit other people for your own monetary gain, then you’ll reach retirement age with barely enough in savings to cover a couple months rent.
You’ll be lucky if you become a millionaire, yet alone a billionaire. I mean, it's certainly possible. But like I said, you have to make a lot of immortal choices to get there. You don’t reach a billion dollars (yet alone multiple billions of dollars) without stabbing a few backs here in there. You gotta take away vacation days, pay the minimum wage possible, and monitor your employees' time to the point where you punish them for taking too many bathroom breaks.
You can say there are freeloaders in this country, but they’re not the ones asking for free healthcare and just basic shit to live without making it a struggle. No. They’re the ones that are making healthcare expensive, the ones keeping wages low while the cost of living keeps increasing. They’re the ones “loading up” on all the wealth, while again, dodging taxes -- those are the free loaders.
Tax money could be used to provide people healthcare and higher education is instead used to fill the pockets of an elite class of billionaires, who already have more than their fair share of wealth.
It’s honestly disgusting.
I reckon you’re actually a better member of society sitting around on the couch doing nothing, than you are being a billionaire (who mind you, is actually sitting around doing nothing) and exploiting the work of employees for the sake of selfish profits.
All of this propaganda about how you shouldn’t be lazy, and instead work hard! Go get ‘em! But really, the richest people here are some of the laziest sons of a bitches out there. I mean they probably even have a butler wipe their own ass. I joke but it’s probably true. I bet at least one of them has this sort of thing, though I’d wager they’d never admit that publicly and it's probably in the contract that the ass wiping remains confidential.
Anyway, the fundamental idea behind capitalism is making a trade between two willing parties. You give me a horse. I’ll give you a cow in return. Deal.
You give me labor. I’ll give you some pay.
Sounds fair. Could be anyway. But it’s not.
Because in this little trade of labor for money, the amount of money we get in return ain’t worth shit. Wages are too low to justify working.
You’re getting fucking ripped off!
It’s not a fair trade. No deal!
More and more people are seeing that though. People by the thousand are refusing to go to work, they’re refusing to get a job. We have the rise of procrastin8rs across the country, all sitting at home doing nothing productive.
And that must make them worthless, right? After all, they’re not contributing to society.
Or maybe they’re just seeing the value in their own efforts and labor. Ever think of that? Maybe people think they deserve more than poverty for working their asses off. Maybe they don’t want to work if they’re not compensated *fairly*.
I mean again if we want to get to the fundamentals of what capitalism is all about, it’s all about a FAIR trade among the two parties. Right now, providing labor in exchange for the measly pay that’s being offered is taking the short end of the stick. It’s simply NOT fair.
And refusing to work ain’t that bad. Laziness has its charm. Indeed, making your efforts worth it is something we should strive for. And here’s the thing, folks...
In the not too far off future, there won’t be any human jobs left. You couldn’t work even if you wanted to. Not that you’d want to anyway, you lazy bastard. But jobs are slowly being replaced by AI, it’s only a matter of time before the need for human work is completely vanished.
Look around, AI is *already* pretty rampant. There are self-driving cars that pickup and drop off passengers, drones that fly around and deliver packages to your doorstep, and automated cash registers that check out customers without a cashier present. There are robot vacuum cleaners that clean your house. The list goes on and on, and it’s only going to grow even more present as time goes by.
Now of course, the natural inclination is to think that AI will only replace the physical or “essential” jobs in society. But you’d be blind to believe that.
“Big think” jobs like accounting, law firms, and even medical doctors will soon too, be replaced by AI.
There’s AI that can literally diagnose patients before they even have any symptoms by analyzing neural networks and do so even more accurately than human counterparts. Plus, if you factor in a person’s DNA, medical history, genetic makeup, biological responses to certain medicines, it’s easy for a human doctor to make a mistake. Patients get misdiagnosed all the time. But if you have an AI system that could access a network of medical knowledge, well then we’ll be able to more accurately diagnose patients.
And you may think, well what about creative jobs? Certainly AI can’t replace a graphic designer or sound engineer.
Here’s the thing: we already have AI that can literally write music, plays, as well as draw pictures and create graphics via Photoshop. The creative jobs aren’t safe from the AI take over either.
People are afraid of these AI systems in much the same way people were afraid of automatic elevators when they were first introduced. People didn’t trust the electronic elevator and insisted that they have a bellman there to manually work the lift. You can see how this is similar to people’s anxious feelings towards hopping in the passenger seat of an AI-driven vehicle. It’ll soon be the accepted mode of transportation before we know it.
And skeptics will of course point out that automated vehicles (and AI in general) makes mistakes. There are numerous accidents caused by automated cars. But the thing is, they don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be better than us, better than humans, more accurate, more efficient, and of course, more cost-effective. They hit every one of those marks.
Lastly, you may cry, but there has to be programmers for the AI! I mean, certainly AI can’t exist if there aren’t human programmers writing the code for it. Well, let me introduce to you a little AI project called Codex. It’s an AI that writes itself. You read that right -- an AI that writes *itself*.
Yeah, it’s pretty much game over for mankind at that point, when the invention can invent itself. There’s no going back now. It’s too late. The robots can create themselves. The inventor is no longer necessary.
The AI takeover of production in society is sort of inevitable at this point.
Plus, in the eyes of business owners doing a cost benefit analysis, they see the initial investment of AI a helluva lot cheaper than paying a human employee.
And sure, there’s the initial startup cost to get the AI system up and running, then you have a bit of an increase to the electric bill as well as maintenance fees, but these costs are far less expensive then say, minimum wage (yet alone a good-paying wage with benefits).
The goal of refusing to work is a negotiation tactic. When the offer isn’t fair, be willing to walk away (and lie back in bed). That’s a strong principle to follow when it comes to negotiating. It’s the tone of “here’s what I want. Take it or leave it.”
Now the other party in negotiation, in this case, business owners in regards to offering higher pay to employees, have to make a choice: either agree to pay more or find another opportunity that allows them to pay less.
Certainly, not getting the work done isn’t an option. They want to increase, or very well maintain the current levels of production (and thus profits) And so what will they resort to?
Simple. Either finding someone somewhere (perhaps in another country) who is willing to provide labor at a cheaper cost or they will start using AI (another cheaper labor option)
Fact of the matter is, they don’t want to share their slice of the pie (or any of the pie for that matter) They want to eat it all for themselves.
And so increasing wages, to them, is out of the question. Again, they want to minimize costs and maximize profits.
So picture this: you don’t have money, you don’t have a job, and you can’t get a job to earn money because all the jobs have been filled by AI. Yay!
And you may be thinking, what any logical person here would think and that is: well hol up. Hold on there, cap. If all the work is being done by some robot or something, why can’t we all just chill and be lazy and have our basic needs met, maybe even a bit of wealth on top of that to live in some form of luxury?
Ah yes, indeed, in an ideal world, society would collaborate together and use AI as a tool, allowing us all to sit at home in our lazy abode and enjoy ourselves, while being provided for. We could have plenty to eat, a nice place to live. All the production would take care of itself.
(By the way, tangent, but I probably use that word. Robot. I imagine that’ll become a derogatory word of sorts. It’ll be known as the “r” word in the same vein the “n” word is derogatory to a black person and the “f” word is deragatory to a gay person. So um, I mean no offense by it...please don’t kill me awesome AI overlords
Mark my words, the next big social debate will be about “Artificial Intelligence rights” and there will be a huge political war over what it means to be human. It’s coming. Mark my words.)
I mean, hell isn’t that what we were trying to achieve by building society in the first place -- the ability for all to flourish together. Seems quite screwy that we wouldn’t take that path, that we wouldn’t create something that allows everyone to be taken care of and live a good life.
I mean, we’ve done it. We did what our ancestors could only ever dream of -- collect plenty of resources and streamline the flow of production to the point where we can actually live and not just struggle to survive.
But. Big But. But, the issue is, those resources as aforementioned are owned by the greediest of humans, the kind that only want to use AI for their own benefit, and not for the benefit of society at large.
You see, the rich have gathered the resources. They own that shit.. And they want to keep it for themselves.
The resources are there. There’s more than plenty., more than plenty in fact, a primitive society’s wet dream.
Yet, now that we’ve made the remarkable achievement of obtaining this “plenty” that ancestors long ago sought so hard after, we have a small group of elites that don’t believe in the idea of sharing, and have further stipulated that sharing is a detrimental act. It’s something for commies! It’s something for socialists!
Look, man. There shouldn’t be a price to live, to have just your basic needs met. And now, with AI being the future, there’s little reason for us to really pay for anything, yet alone basic sustainable costs like food and shelter.
I mean we work for pay and work will soon be completely irrelevant in the world of automation. If no work will be available, then how will you earn pay?
There must be *some* form of sharing of these resources. There must be. I mean unless this becomes some sort of dystopian empire where the rich head off in their spaceships and leave us poor to fight amongst ourselves in the wastelands of the poison climate-ridden Earth.
Your labor is overpriced (and also less efficient) compared to that of AI, so let me tell it to you straight, to these corporate owners, you’re completely worthless now. You’re “worth less” than the value (in profits) that AI can bring them.
They don’t care about your livelihood (or whether or not you’re alive to begin with...don’t even get me started with this fucked up healthcare system). The only reason they offer you some form of pay (and a shoddy one at that) to begin with is because of the benefits they get in return.
If they pay you 6 figures, believe me, they are making 7 figures on your name.
The willingness of CEOs to push for AI proves they see you as no more than a machine. You're just a means of production. That’s it. Your humanity is completely extraneous to them; it doesn’t concern them. What concerns them is how much money you’re making them. That’s it.
Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos announced a completely AI-run store. No human employees. This is just the beginning.
In the coming years, we’re about to see a complete shift in the ways of productivity. We’ll question what it means to work and what it means to be lazy.
Is work really a necessary thing for a human to do?
Or was it only necessary to reach this point in society, where the work can pretty much take care of itself, through the use of automation?
There is a lot more to a human than the work he or she can perform. And embracing your laziness can help you see that.