Jeg abonnerer på YES!Magazine og der er det mye inspirerende. Tittelen i denne bloggposten er den samme som Juliet Schor har skrevet i issue nr 59 (som kom i går), og ingressen er som følger:
Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.
Hun er professor i sosiologi ved Boston College i USA, og har skrevet boka «The Overspent American», og denne artikkelen er basert på «True Wealth» av samme forfatter.
Innledningen til artikkelen vil jeg gjerne gjengi her:
Millions of Americans have lost control over the basic rhythm of their daily lives. They work too much, eat too quickly, socilize too little, drive and sit in traffic for too many hours, don´t get enough sleep, and feel harried too much of th time. It´s a way of life that undermines basic sources of wealth and wellbeing – such as strong family and community ties, a deep sense of meaning and physical health.
Imagining a world in which jobs take up much less of our time may seem utopian, especially now, when a scarcity mentality dominates the economic conversation. People who are employed often find it difficult to scale back their jobs. Costs of medical care, education, and child care are rising. It may be hard to find new sources of income when U.S. comapnies have been laying people off at a dizzying rate.
But fewer work hours for people with jobs is a key step toward solving the unemployment crisis – while giving Americans healthier lives. Fewer hours means more jobs are available to people who need them. Living on less pay usually means consuming less, making more of the things one needs at home, and living lighter, whether by design or by accident.