On The Possibilities for our Future

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February 12, 2017 by Preeks

I have great news to share. Possibly the most noted economist ever, Keynes, in 1930, predicted that by 2030, we will have so much money that pursuit of money will become worthless. Hence, we will be working only 15 hours per work. The remaining time, we will be doing what we love.

To that I say, Mr Keynes, may you find lots of purified butter and crystallized sugar in your mouth. Or as the friendly neighbourhood Aunty in Janakpuri would put it, “Aapke mooh mein ghee shakkar.”

Sure, he may have missed adding an *asterisk mark and some Terms and Conditions. I made a list of those, so we can comfortably digest this news and start our journey towards achieving his utopian dream.

“Three Hour Shifts or 15 Hour work weeks will become a reality in 2030. And people will spend more time doing what they love.*

*Terms and Conditions apply:

  1. The 15 hour work week is exclusive of the non-productive time spent in Meetings, the invitations to which contain the words  review, planning, strategy, brainstorming, evaluation, forecasting, board, CEO, Special task, future project, scenario planning or any other variations of these words. As per estimates, this might add another 50 hours per week to your work.
  2. The 15 hour work week is exclusive of the time spent in preparing for the above mentioned meetings. If the number of versions of a Powerpoint crosses 4.0, the time spent will be multiplied by an exponentially increasing factor, to compensate for the employee’s deteriorating mental state with each additional version.
  3. Any work on Powerpoint, Excel and other such efficiency reducing tools, in order to fulfill commitments such as Data report, MIS, Formats, Trackers, etc. is not our responsibility. You chose to use the tool. Hence, your work week may go up from 15 hours to 150 hours. Meri Bala Se.
  4. The “Doing what they love” part is subject to the time availability post the ritualistic checking of Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and whatever new intrusive social network will be introduced by then. Only after sufficient time has been wasted on these, will the person be allowed to move on to doing things they love.
  5. “Doing what they love” is subject to doing what the world loves. The flavor of the moment will change based on what others are claiming they are doing on social media. And hence, satisfaction derived will also be a function of reactions received from others when the person posts about “doing what he loves” on social media. Please note, we are not responsible for low satisfaction levels arising from low number of likes on social media and hence, resulting in not loving what they are doing.

With these conditions taken care of, the Keynes statement seems more wholesome and realistic. With economists like this, our future is taken care of. Now, to go convince my top management about this and start a gradual reduction in number of hours per week starting tomorrow.

 

*Keynes actually said this. It’s documented in a paper called Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, which he published in the year 1930. You can read it here. Makes for an interesting read! – http://www.econ.yale.edu/smith/econ116a/keynes1.pdf

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