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“Man is not meant to work. The proof is that it’s tiring him out.” – VoltaireWe may grin a little when reading Voltaire’s quote. Nonetheless, the fatigue and exhaustion experienced at work remains a fact, whether it is physical, emotional, mental, or due to restlessness and/or boredom. However, man’s relationship with work seems to have changed over time, particularly over the last few generations. During the depression, men had to work “hard” to make a living; in the post-war years, men had to be loyal to their employers to keep their jobs. Recently, since the millennials, work as become a contributory activity to personal fulfilment. But is it truly that much different?
What is work?
Here is a simple definition. Working is “to contribute through particular services to the existence of all, in order to ensure one’s own existence” (1). In this respect, work becomes a community activity that is essential to the survival of the whole. What happens when this activity is remunerated with capital (2)? It becomes an economic activity allowing the production, exchange, distribution and (over) consumption of goods and services. Even when unemployed or retired, consumption remains necessary to produce goods and services, hence “retributory”.
Is work an essential activity for fulfilment? Eugène Enriquez (3) ponders on the question “… is work the essence of man, our answer will be totally negative from the outset”. The type of work done may, for some, allow them to blossom; however, for all of us, it is an obligation and a stress.
Let us reflect and examine this further. In any period, in a capitalist context where the oligarchy is sovereign, “… work is in reality the exploitation of people” (4). In this sense, man remains enslaved, subject to a power or authority (5) that keeps him in a “feudalism”, even if conditions for non-alienating (6) work can favor a certain sense of fulfilment.
Fulfilment is a need that is in man’s own nature. “Our conception of man is that of a free being, the creator of a work or creation.” (7) In order to be free, we will need to break free from our bondage to remunerated labor. How can we achieve this freedom?
We are witnessing the emergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, robotics, genetic engineering, and so on. These technologies are gradually destabilizing capitalism and the world of remunerated labor because “Anything a human being can do could be done better by a robot”. – Raël (8)
Letting the robots (9) do the work will allow people to “… dedicate their lives to doing what they enjoy and love… therefore devote their time to personal development. Then the world will become an earthly paradise”. – Raël (10)
WOW! Let us contemplate this, an organized society, without slavery, which promotes a “living-together” that allows everyone to blossom and be happy. Yes, in a philosophical sense PARADISM (11) is a political system comparable to communism, which designates a form of social organization marked by the pooling of goods and resources. But with this system based on cooperation and fulfilment whereby man contributes through passion and love his services and his community actions to the existence of all. A social organization where everything is offered by Love. And not a “capitalist” social organization that relies on competition for the acquisition of goods and resources, thus generating conflicts, and sometimes war.
This will become a reality. Then, article 23 on the right to work of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (12) will be rewritten: “An individual should seek to develop himself according to his aspirations and affinities without worrying about what others think, as long as he does not harm others.” (13)
We have just been made aware of the social organization that is PARADISM for a unified world without money and military. Let us see in the next article how we can move towards Humanitarianism.
Humanitarianism… the logical sequel (part 3 of 3)
Columnist for the Raelian Movement
(1) Wallon H.; Agence nationale pour l’amélioration des conditions de travail (2014), Le travail peut-il devenir supportable? Entretien avec Yves Clot et Michel Gollac; ANACT; publié le 14/10/14, Wikipidia.org
(3) Enriquez E.; Le travail, essence de l’homme? Qu’est-ce que le travail? https://www.cairn.info/revue-nouvelle-revue-de-psychosociologie-2013-1-page-253.htm p. 253 du document téléchargé
(4) Idem p. 266
(5) Voir la chronique L’humanitarisme… les suites logiques, partie 1 de 3
(6) Enriquez E.; Le travail, essence de l’homme? Qu’est-ce que le travail? https://www.cairn.info/revue-nouvelle-revue-de-psychosociologie-2013-1-page-253.htm, p. 268 du document téléchargé
(7)Idem p. 270
(8) Paroles du Maitreya de A à Z; https://raelcanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Maitraya_paroles-70-a.H.-FR.pdf p. 74
(9) Robot; Étymologie – Le mot a été créé par Josef Čapek à partir du mot tchèque « robota » qui signifie
« travail, besogne, corvée ». Wikipédia
(10) Paroles du Maitreya de A à Z; https://raelcanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Maitraya_paroles-70-a.H.-FR.pdf p. 74
(11) Paradisme; https://fr.paradism.org
(12) Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme, https://www.un.org/fr/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_fr_web.pdf p. 48
(13) Le message donné par les Extraterrestres, https://rael.org/download.php?view.8