Reading often throws up interesting juxtapositions.
In his latest book, Roberto Unger defines three ways of making a living; wages work, self employment and cooperation, and emphasises we need to be focusing on the last two.
In the latest copy of the RSA Journal, Thomas MacMillan looks at a Populus Poll of 16-24 year olds, and their priorities for their work lives. Top of the list is a secure job. Top of their priorities for that job is that it protects nature.
So. It could be inferred that they want someone else to provide them with a secure job that delivers their values. Nice work if you can get it.
From a mindset standpoint, maybe we are best with a “company of one” approach, treating ourselves as self employed, even if we are in waged work. To adopt the principle of the self employed that we have no secure employment. To focus on who to work with based on our values. To avoid the illusion of job security.
The three most powerful addictions are cocaine, carbohydrates and a regular income. Nassim Taleb
If we can do that, the other options become conscious choices. Being dependent puts us in a comfortable but addictive position. Independence can be lonely, but gives us freedom. Co-operation is where the magic happens.
The time to make a choice is when we don’t have to. Choose to do the work that gives you the freedom of independence.