“Standard parenting/teaching/employment involves an external authority telling you to do stuff – and lots of it. Studying, to start with, and then work. Too much of it, and usually of the wrong sort (not your true calling). Laziness is the natural rebellion against that. “Unjobbing means ignoring that voice, and letting that voice slowly disappear.
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To close out 2016, I have one last-minute creative offering for you all: a new quote meme I made, featuring more of feminist writer Laurie Penny’s inspiring words. This quote is taken from her essay “Let’s Not Abolish Sex Work, Let’s Abolish All Work.” It gets right to the heart of what my Rethinking the
It’s been many months since my last update here. I still keep up the Facebook page a bit more frequently, but since I’ve been getting a few e-mail queries lately about the status of this blog, I should be clear about the reason for the lack of updates. Most of my limited writing time is
Buckminster Fuller has been an inspiration to me for many years. This provocative quote (from New York Magazine, 1970) generated lively discussion on Facebook. I like to think that Bucky would approve of me posting it here. What were you thinking about before somebody came along and told you that you had to earn a
What images and thoughts come to mind when you hear the word leisure? Many people automatically associate leisure with what people do in their ‘spare’ or ‘free’ time (i.e., time spent away from paid jobs), or with pursuits such as entertainment, vacations, or sports. I think we need to delve deeper when we think about
I appreciate you, my dear readers. I mean that sincerely. There are countless other blogs out there that you could be reading right now, and a vast number of other things you could be doing with your time. But you are reading this one. And for that, I want to thank you. I have high
I often remind myself that unjobbing is a process, and not a destination. It’s not somewhere I end up. It’s more like a meandering trail through a dense forest, with switchbacks, elevation changes, and occasional backtracking when I get lost. Sometimes it leads into uncharted territory, and I find myself wondering what to do next.
I am a radical unjobber because I believe people should have lives based on living, not on making a living. I am a radical unjobber because I believe that leisure is more than “free time”. I am a radical unjobber because I believe in an ecological ethic of service, interdependence, and care…not a “work ethic.”
“…a person who is radical is one who examines the roots of issues. And a radical solution to a problem is one that arises from that examination, addressing what we sometimes call the root cause, rather than the more superficial symptoms.” – Wendy Priesnitz, “On the Meaning of Radical”
[This essay was published on whywork.org in 2002, and its defiant tone and sassy attitude has made it a reader favorite.] What I Do For A Living: A Rant by D. JoAnne Swanson “So, what do you do for a living?” Ah, the dreaded question. I hear it at parties, family gatherings, even from store