To save the world–or really to even just make our personal lives better–we will need to work less.
Time, like work, has become commodified, a recent legacy of industrial capitalism, where a controlled, 40-hour week (or more) in factories was necessary. Our behavior is totally out of step with human priorities and the nature of today’s economy. To lay the foundations for a “steady-state” economy–one that can continue running sustainably forever–a recent paper argues that it’s time for advanced developed countries transition to a normal 21-hour work week.
Original article posted on Fast Co.Exist and written by Michael J. Coren.