Jobs and the environment

It may be that in order to solve environmental problems we first have to get over a hang up on jobs.

Jobs are important because they provide economic well being and psychologically because they provide us with a self-identity. But so long as society must provide everybody with a job, there is a need for development and economic growth.

The real problem is to ensure everyone has a reasonable standard of living food, shelter and toys. With the production technology currently available, this should be easy if we can get away from our devotion to jobs. Perhaps a guaranteed annual income scheme would work. The problem is one of distribution rather than production.

Self-identity should come from the non-economic things we do. One could be an artisit, an actor, a writer, a ski bum or a beach bum.

If we could make this shift in thinking, then it would be easier to deal with environmental problems, especially when they are in conflict with the need for jobs.

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