Another Voice - In Praise of Leisure

Another Voice - In Praise of Leisure

There are 1 comment on the The Ukiah Daily Journal story from Sep 7, 2010, titled Another Voice - In Praise of Leisure. In it, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

The future just isn't what it used to be. While hiking through the woods on my recent summer vacation I remembered reading an article back in the 1960s which posed the question in all seriousness, "What are we going to do with all of our leisure?" That was back in the days of selectric typewriters, electric garage door openers, the Interstate ...

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Marvin C Gentz

Palo Alto, CA

#1 Sep 8, 2010
Your ideas are very intriguing, but unfortunately they are built upon a huge myth.

You said that “As a human species we've come far enough that all the essentials are taken care of. They say that a poor person in the U.S. is far better off than a poor person in sub-Saharan Africa and so it is.”

Well, no “it” isn’t.


About one in five American children live in poverty, the highest level of childhood poverty among developed nations, and more than 13 million children under age 18 live in food-insecure households. Although these numbers demonstrate the magnitude of this social problem, they do not adequately express the real burden of food deprivation for American children. Food deprivation results in horrendous difficulties.

Let me emphasize that the U.S has the highest level of childhood poverty among developed nations.

So, in fact, many children in the U.S. may not be better off than a poor child in sub-Saharan Africa.

Why do we keep lying to ourselves about poverty in America?

Still, I am intrigued with your ideas.

I think that your proposals for women would be very controversial. Have you checked them with the millions of women who have been working for so many years to receive equal pay for equal work? Somehow, I do not think that they would smilingly go back into the home as you suggest.

Still, I am intrigued with your ideas.

Back in the 60’s, we experimented with other concepts of work and leisure. Some even thought that work should offer the possibility of personal, psychological, social, and even spiritual growth. Computer data entry and the assembly line quickly dulled our imagination to the point that we no longer have such ambitions.

But I am still intrigued with your ideas.

Adam Smith said that we should pay workers to dig a huge hole and then pay them to fill it up again.

It seems that capitalism is successful even when the products produced are not good for human people.

Still, I am intrigued.

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