[Noisebridge-discuss] Noone Should Ever Work.

Garrett Smith dhtmlkitchen at gmail.com
Sat Jun 14 05:55:15 UTC 2014

No one should ever work.

Bob Black.

Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost all
the evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a
world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop

That doesn't mean we have to stop doing things. It does mean creating
a new way of life based on play; in other words, a ludic revolution.
By "play" I mean also festivity, creativity, conviviality,
commensality, and maybe even art. There is more to play than child's
play, as worthy as that is. I call for a collective adventure in
generalized joy and freely interdependent exuberance. Play isn't
passive. Doubtless we all need a lot more time for sheer sloth and
slack than we ever enjoy now, regardless of income or occupation, but
once recovered from employment-induced exhaustion nearly all of us
[will] want [to] act. Oblomovism and Stakhanovism are two sides of
same debased coin.

The ludic life is totally incompatible with existing reality. So much
the worse for "reality," the gravity hole that sucks the vitality from
the little in life that still distinguishes it from mere survival.
Curiously--maybe not--all the old ideologies are conservative because
they believe in work. Some of them, like Marxism and most brands of
anarchism, believe in work all the more fiercely because they believe
in so little else.


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