A longer view

Economy getting you down? Maybe the economy is someone else’s story and not yours. From Neal Stephenson’s Anathem (book) [more on Wikipedia entry]:

So I looked with fascination at those people in their mobes [cars], and tried to fathom what it would be like. Thousands of years ago, the work that people did had been broken down into jobs that were the same every day, in organizations where people were interchangeable parts. All of the story had been bled out of their lives. That was how it had to be; it was how you got a productive economy. But it would be easy to see a will at work behind this: not exactly an evil will, but a selfish will. Fake stories that had been made up to motivate them. The people who’d made the system thus were jealous, not of money and not of power but of story. If their employees came home at day’s end with interesting stories to tell, it meant that something had gone wrong: a blackout, a strike, a spree killing. The Powers That Be would not suffer others to be in stories of their own unless they were.

Perhaps this is a good time to take back the long view on our own story.

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