Monday Musings 227 - If your are not overworked...then you are underworked
Sometimes too many things happen around a given subject in quick succession and it leaves us wondering if this was nature's way of pushing us to solve the conundrum - if not in practice then at least intellectually.
Most cubicle-wallahs who are endowed with diligence and an honest bone feel overworked and hard pressed for time. Since it will be unkind and a tad offensive to my self esteem to put myself in a category otherwise, at least in my own assessment, it is safe to conclude that i also feel overworked and hard pressed for time. The tragedy of being overworked is that at its best its a very personal thing - like haemorroids. One cannot talk much about it, there isnt much sypathy available as balm (pun intended), although one does feel its presence most of the times. Both disrupt the quality of life in a strange way. So just as i was on the point of becoming the complaining sorts, i read this cartoon in the ET which said - "....Never complain about overwork...if you are not overworked then you are definitely underworked"...It will not require a genius to know what are the perils of being underworked. Imagine a bovine (i am not sure if i can use this word - i guess there is a ban on using such words these days!) in the queue in the slaughterhouse. So where is the next task...keep loading!
I am also not liking these philosophers kinds who seem to have only me as a reader if i go by the frequency of serendipity of they finding me. I hate Aristotle when he says "All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind". I think Nasser Taleb is being personal when he says says something to the effect that one should not trust a man who depends on a monthly salary for his living. The on i personally and deeply hate is Upton Sinclair who says "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it". What are these philosophers upto - discouraging an entire generation of honest men and women who want to keep the fires in the kitchen burning? I heard they use to poison such men in the earlier times, who had the audacity to make the regulars miserable by flirting with truth.
Finally this issue of being overworked is also about what are you overworked with - i guess that will make the difference to the camels back. The good thing about being a camel or may be its back is that it is physiologically and intellectually incapable of discerning the quality of the load. I think the soul is far more endowed with intelligence and perspicuity.