The meaning and meaninglessness of work

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In recent months, I have often felt a lack of sense of meaning at work. It comes from several aspects. First, even if you continue to work step by step, your life will not change much. Second, when you are free, you will start to think about some things that you don’t have. I didn’t seem to think much about this question in the past. What is the meaning of work?

Because of love? After graduating from university, he joined the industry with enthusiasm. At the beginning, the work was interest-driven, everything was new to me, and solving unknown problems gave people a sense of accomplishment. I went online at 2:00 in the morning, and I saw Beijing and Shanghai at 4:00 in the morning, and I enjoyed it without feeling tired. Slowly, I experienced the only way for most professionals in the workplace, such as job-hopping, promotion and so on. I found that many things in the workplace are pushed away. After you enter that track, some things will happen naturally. People often say that choice outweighs effort, and this statement is true. When you are in it, there will be countless hands pushing you forward. The accompanying side effect is that the edges and corners are gradually smoothed out by trivial details, meaningless meetings, and day after day overtime. One day, I found that I haven’t seen the sunset for a long time, I haven’t smelled the soil after the rain, I haven’t heard the sound of cicadas. There is no longer the love that it used to be, and most of the time work is just something that has to be done.

To make money? It is true that I need to make money to support my life, but my material desires have been maintained at a very low level. If one is to cater to success in the worldly sense, human desires may be endless. Fulfilling the expectations of my parents and pursuing the standards of social success, everything seems to be endless. More importantly, in order to satisfy material desires, a lot of things are bound to be lost.

I think that modern people are essentially making various transactions with society . Cars, houses, dowry gifts, energy, and even the future time, all these can be used as bargaining chips. As a proletariat, your most valuable assets are your body and time . Manual workers trade their bodies and time with their employers, while mental workers trade their bodies, knowledge, and time with their employers. To take more money from the employer is to take the risk of being exploited for time, being physically exploited, and being restricted in freedom. Since you want to trade all the time, you must not be all in, you need to do trade off, otherwise you will soon have no chips in your hands. Therefore, you must not give all your time to the company. If you don’t have time to invest in yourself, it is very dangerous in this era. In the long run, the output per unit time of an individual will not increase exponentially, and even decline after a certain age. If you always work hard and don’t have time to look up at the road or the stars, you may have made a mistake at the beginning. It is also possible to miss the scenery along the way . Also, be sure to take care of your body. If there is no class transition, under normal circumstances, retirement at the age of 65, there are still thirty or forty years, and this kind of transaction needs to be made with the society. Therefore, it is the best policy to put people first and pursue sustainable development (Brother Tao’s scientific outlook on development is also very important 🐶).

Back to the original question, what is the point of work? Today, I find that I am still curious about the unknown, but in order to live, I still need to make money. The difference is that I slowly discovered that technology is for people after all, it is a means. Making money is to meet one’s material needs, it is only a means, and should not be the goal of life. If what you want can be satisfied by other means, making money is no longer the only option.

Everything we do is addressing a certain type of human need. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory, human needs can be divided into physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging, respect needs and self-realization. The place. Humans are far more complex than any kind of machine. If they can understand human nature better; if they can solve the real needs of more people, no matter whether they use technical or non-technical means; helping others is helping themselves . to more people; I think it will all make sense.

That said, it’s a bit idealistic. However, in reality, there are too many real people, and a little more idealism is not bad.

Finally, there is a question, why seek the meaning of work? Are these senses of meaning really underpinning human work? Not really. I think in the end it is because work directly or indirectly satisfies some of the most primitive needs of people: happiness, happiness, and achievement… Maybe work or life is meaningless. The meaning we attach to it, happiness is the eternal truth. So, let’s end with TVB’s classic lines: Be a human being, the most important thing is to be happy!

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