But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.
Not only that, but it keeps us unhealthy. Many people commute long distances to their jobs, which turns an 8-hour work day into a 10 or 11-hour work day. That forces them to avoid any type of physical exercise, and to eat quicker processed meals or high-in-calorie take-out or fast food, because that’s all that time allows— not to mention the stress of sleep-depravity compounded with potential work worries that people bring home with them is unhealthy too. We’ve actually turned living a healthy life into a commodity or a luxury.
The new list of books is out and for the first time in a while, there are more male authors than female authors on the list. As we do every year, we are making it our goal to read as many of these as possible. We love Captain Underpants in our house!
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Beloved, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence