What’s The Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Animals play. Humans play. To explain play in Darwinian or utilitarian terms means arguing that it is something else in disguise. But what if play is the real point of our lives? “Let us imagine a principle. Call it a principle of freedom. Let us imagine it to hold that the free exercise of an entity’s most complex powers or capacities will, under certain circumstances at least, tend to become an end in itself” (4,670 words)

On The Phenomenon Of Bullshit Jobs

In place of vanished productive jobs in industry and agriculture, we have administrative jobs, paper-pushing jobs, few of which are necessary, most of which are pointless or deadweight. But why? “It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working. And here, precisely, lies the mystery. In capitalism, this is precisely what is not supposed to happen” (2,000 words)

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