I've noticed when people say "how are you" these days they mean it, it's not just a phatic noise you make after "hello". Even strangers genuinely want to know how you are. I've been answering it for real and having some good convos.
Like today had a nice chat (through masks) with the guy at the local (open for takeout only) coffee shop.
About how we hope some things don't go back to the way they were. Like commuting.
Sometimes there are social conventions that nobody really likes, but the cost of individually defecting is too high. So changing it is a collective action problem.
And sometimes a crisis gives us a chance to hit the reset button on the social convention.
Way back in like 1999 we were talking about how the internet would eventually liberate white-collar workers from going to the office. But up till 2019 there was still social pressure to show up face-to-face, so commute we did.
In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted 15-hour workweeks due to gains in efficiency from mechanization.
Today we can automate so many more jobs than Keynes could even have imagined in 1930, but instead of having 15-hour workweeks, all the productivity gains have gone to the 1% while we struggle to invent work for people to do, because you have to have "a job" to "deserve" food and a roof over your head.
@nindokag Well, but Keynes also imagined that people would be content with the comforts of 1930's life.
We could probably survive on part-time jobs if we were content to live in a wooden house without heating, no hot water, no cars, no electronics, mostly drinking only water and eating only basic food.
@nindokag The biggest obstacle I see is that there aren't a lot of part-time opportunities for well paid jobs such as engineer. I know because I've been trying to go part-time for years, and the best I could get is 80%-time (working 4-days a week).
At least in tech, it's mostly a cultural issue, not an economic issue.
@codewiz @nindokag Oh yes, the psychological distance between a 40hr/wk job and 32 is a lot bigger than the numbers suggest. For me at least, job goes from dominating my life to the way that I get money to sustain my life. It's great.
I'm curious about productivity, too. There is ample research showing sustained hours above 40 actually lower total output. Could it be that 32 is actually more effective still?
After 1 year on part-time, he told me: "you seem to have found your rhythm".
This is especially remarkable because my manager works long hours almost every day and tends to praise those who do the same.
I heard that working two part-time jobs is stressful for most people, but I guess it depends on which jobs, whether they require commuting twice a day and other circumstances.
Personally, I would love to teach programming for 50% of my time (not in a public school, though!)
Ok. That's what my grandma was doing, and it's good exercise for the elderly and results in delicious seasonal salads, but...
...small-scale food production using pre-industrial techniques is no way economically efficient. If this became a trend, we might end up using *more* land for agriculture and working *more* hours than in 1930.
Agree. We were constantly lamenting this point. Yet no amounts of blueness in the face sufficed.
#NoMoreCommutes unless you need to serve a customer.
We can't stop tooting about it. :)
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