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The Disease of Being Busy

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At #CNMAC14, Rachel Jordan encouraged us to think about transforming our lives, including removing the ‘idol’ of being busy’, so interesting to come across this piece:

Tell me you remember you are still a human being, not just a human doing. Tell me you’re more than just a machine, checking off items from your to-do list. Have that conversation, that glance, that touch. Be a healing conversation, one filled with grace and presence.

Put your hand on my arm, look me in the eye, and connect with me for one second. Tell me something about your heart, and awaken my heart. Help me remember that I too am a full and complete human being, a human being who also craves a human touch.

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“Ready, Set, Work” (Evening Standard Article)

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Well, am seeking to understand how much of this I am, but hoping very much that I’m not quite there (I, have, for example, not really looked at my phone since Friday afternoon, and just getting back into it this evening):

Have you joined the super- working classes — those alpha-hours Stakhanovites whose idea of the ordinary office day is a 12-hour slog, with the iPad always charged to ensure that a couple of emails can be polished off in bed and resumed over the 6.30am breakfast?

Even odder, as far as your friends and worried mum are concerned: do you enjoy this more than, say, housework, childcare or other chores?

If so, you fit the criteria established by a team of sociologists at Oxford who have diagnosed a new “superordinate working class”. This innovation is turning human history (and Marx) on its head, replacing the idea of poor workers toiling for long hours with highly educated, well rewarded people doing exactly the same thing through choice, rather than necessity.

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