Whilst people are complex as individuals what we want is often remarkably consistent, and so predictable.
– People want to work.
This isn\’t, in fact, true. People most certainly want incomes and even more than that they desire the ability to consume. But actual work? No, that\’s not a human desire in the slightest.
If they did there would be no problem with paying them nothing beyond benefits to stock shelves in Poundland, would there? For they are getting something they desire, the ability to work.
Plenty of people do indeed enjoy the work they do: but this is rather evidence of the vast richness of our society, that there are interesting things to do rather than spending one\’s entire life staring at the south end of a pair of oxen moving north.
If we really wanted \”work\” then we\’d destroy all the machines that do work for us. For said machines would be taking away that thing which we desire, work.