Work

To understand work I first looked at the ants, who work so hard they are called worker ants, as if they exist in a permanent state of work. They are just like the bees, the worker bees, protecting the queen of their hive. Such short leisure time in such short, pitiful lives.

I looked at the rat. There is no worker rat so they must not work as hard, but they scurry at night, running from trash heap to trash heap. Perhaps they know leisure more than the ant knows leisure, but so much time they have to spend to forage for food—and so scared they are, trying to outwit man and his cruel traps.

I looked at the lion. The lazy lion, lazy without a doubt, relaxing in the shade, sleeping, licking his paws, resting between meals. The little cubs who know nothing but play and the king lion who lets the women do all the work of the hunt. The lion, I’m assured, knows much less work than the ant, the bee, and the rat.

I looked at the elephant. Even lazier! Sucking in water by the pond, always bathing and snacking on greens from the trees. But alas, elephants and lions are not very smart animals. Smarter than the ant, the bee, and the rat, for sure, but not as smart as the others.

I looked at the gorilla. Man’s little brother. But he’s the laziest of them all! Fucking and eating all day, cleaning the fleas off his fur and scratching his ass in the jungle without a care in the world. How much time would I have to sit and wait to see him break a sweat!

I looked at my fellow man. With such large brains they must have figured out how to work even less. But wait—he is like the ants and the bees! One third of his waking life into his labor; labor for another—labor he hates! What a twist of fate, a horrible mistake—what an unhappy and busy lot! How lucky is the queen who see the fruits of his labor—what a life for her!

If only the gorilla could laugh, he would surely laugh at the human, who has decided to strain and bend his back lower than him. And laugh he does. The gorilla, you see, does not have to ask to take a vacation. But the human, the poor human—he must bow his head ever so slightly and speak with a soft, gentle voice, and he must ask permission, and hope that it is granted. He must always please his queen.

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Matt Savage
12 years ago

I see what you’re getting at but, I’d have to disagree with the analogy on some points. Us humans certainly don’t have it as bad as ants or bees. I even think we have a better deal than the lions. When was the last time you and your friends formed a pack and hunted wilder beasts?

Despite the average work week of 40 hours, this is nothing compared to ants who spend there whole day, aside from sleep, working. Lets break it down.

168 hours in a work week
56 hours of sleep p/week (assuming 8hrs p/night)
40 hours of work (typical American work week)
72 hours of free personal time

So, looking at the math, less than a quarter of our time is spent working for the man, the rest is sleep and whatever else it is we do.

Now, it’d certainly be nice to work even less than that. I think that’s what we all strive for, after all who the hell wants to work at all?!

However, aside from that, I think the real issue is not how much or little we spend working, but how we are using our free time for personal development…or for creating a means to cut those 40 hours down even further. I think it’s more a matter of perspective on how humans manage time.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

You’re looking at wrong examplars. You should get (1) new friends, or (2) new mentor.

Fresh out of b-school, I found a mentor who spent his week listed below. He said “go away.” I wouldn’t go away, hounded him, til he showed me the ropes:

168 hours in a work week; $350,000 income.
————————–
56 hours of sleep per week
20 hours of work
72 hours of personal time (running, getting coffee, flying to w-coast, etc.)
2 hours walking his dog
5 hours fucking
3 hours making arrangements to go party in LA
5 hours surfing the internet
5 hours driving to airports, looking for something to do

artemis
artemis
7 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Business school? Please tell me more… what does the gentleman do for a living

Jason
Jason
12 years ago

The difference between humans and animals is self actualization. We demand more beyond just our survival needs. If your dog gets completely fed, sheltered, and feels safe — the dog doesn’t crave anything more.

****
****
12 years ago

Those ‘worker bees’ are the reason you don’t have to swim your way to Brazil.

Hope
Hope
12 years ago

Work is not so bad. It can be satisfying. Of course, I’m in a creative field where I’m doing work that I often enjoy. The jobs most people have do not generally give a sense of accomplishment.

The thing about leisure is that some people do for fun what other people do for a living, and vice versa (for example, sex). People are often deeply resentful about what they must do vs. what they want to do.

triumph
triumph
12 years ago

Humans are conditioned while they are air conditioned.

Everything is built and rebuilt on the labors of those before us – even wisdom. The battle of conditioning versus a mans life is neccessarily engaged with the others in culture who have bought into the system, as they have been organized to.

It’s rarely black and white, but I see in your writng the struggle to remain independent and not be assimilated into the “betatude” or slave away for the corporate world, who get the largest chunk of income by far at the top – and get the most paid vacations too.

As you are still relatively young, now is the perfect time to explore and dig in to a mindset that will get you what you want. Pussy, freedom of action, a wide social network, cash, and someday something even bigger – even if that is only a good wife and kids and an acceptable job – because what you’ll want when you are old and rich will be grandkids to play with.

And of course there is no guarantee that the U.S. isn’t going to miss a major recession/ depression soon.

Keep in mind that the conditioning you see everywhere – never mentions – or even allows for -deep discussion in a policy affecting way (action) – to reverse the flow of capital from the many to the few. That is one of the only economic constants you can count on right now.

Currently the CEOs, wealthy shareholders, golden parachuters, are owning/conditioning the prides so to speak. It’s almost like the Lion is being kept in the Hamptons or if you really want to put you finger on it – they have their own fully staffed, with 24/7 security, islands – and in public they push the line that lions have it rough, etc.

Hope
Hope
12 years ago

the flow of capital from the many to the few. That is one of the only economic constants you can count on right now.

That’s been going on ever since civilizations began. Nothing has really changed.

Well, one thing has changed. It used to be that the wealthy kings and nobles were also the warriors and generals who protected the tribe/city/nation, and could legitimize their claim to their wealth this way.

Nowadays wealth can buy “protection,” and the wealthy can emulate the lives of kings and queens without the risks that came with being old royalty.

speakeasy
speakeasy
12 years ago

Just a correction, elephants are known to be highly intelligent.

There was ALWAYS lots of work. Roosh seems to be believing the “garden of eden” view of nature where early man got to lounge around all day under a tree, not work, pick fruit from trees…just like the gorillas. But on the contrary, life was short and harsh and there really was no purpose to life other than surviving long enough to reproduce and worshiping some nature good. There was no such thing as agriculture, so man had to work constantly as a hunter/gatherer and constantly be prepared to defend your tribe against marauding tribes looking to steal your food and rape your women. You probably spent every waking moment of your day either looking for food and water, repairing your thatch hut in your village, worshipping nature gods and fighting other tribes.

I sure as hell don’t envy that type of life and thank god we have evolved to the point that we don’t have forage around looking for food.

Work per se doesn’t suck. Doing work that is unmeaningful sucks. Feeling like you are working to make someone else rich while you barely get raises sucks. But you know, it’s all relative. Someone in a 3rd world country would take an average “shitty” American job in a heartbeat and be happy to take it. We Americans put a huge expectation on jobs, that not only is a job to give you money and stability, but it must also be self-actualizing and bring you meaning in life. Few jobs will ever be able to do that. Even doing something you like at the moment may get old after awhile, something I am starting to realize in my career.

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

You (and everyone else) ought to read Tom Hodgkinson’s “How to Be Idle” and “The Freedom Manifesto.” Great books. I think you would like them.

Dick Goodnuts
12 years ago

Roosh,

Is this the reaction that you anticipated?

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zpr
zpr
12 years ago

There are plenty of societies out there that live just like gorillas Roosh. Most of sub-Saharan Africa, wide swaths of the middle east, and most of rural China. You went to South America for a long trip, outside of the cities who looked like they were running things? The apes or the bees?

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inSOMnia
inSOMnia
12 years ago

Very deep good point

triumph
triumph
12 years ago

7 Hope That’s been going on ever since civilizations began. Nothing has really changed.

Well Hope, one other thing HAS changed :

“For every 1 dollar in income that each taxpayer in the bottom 99% of Americans saw in income growth betwenn 1970 and 2000, each of those in the top 1/100 of one percent earned $7500.00”

So 99% managed a real gain of 2710. in thirty years of hard work while the others gained $20,328,482.00 –

Although that amounts to maybe 1/10 of Mrs. McCains wealth – That also explains why they really don’t have any idea how many homes – planes – jets they have, what kind of cars they own, or how many servants they have.

If you graph it – everyone (99% anyway) have a gain of 1/8 of an inch or so in a bar graph and the ultra-wealthy 1/100 of the top 1% have a bar that exceeds that small blip by 62 FEET!

These are real figures. source: “Perfectly Legal” by David Cay Johnston

Keep in mind that the Forbes Annual Billionaire List vastly underreports the true extent of wealth concentration and the numbers of ultra-wealthy, and purposely overestimates the wealth of many others on the list to mislead public opinion – because it works.

Nina
Nina
12 years ago
finefantastic
12 years ago

I wonder what ants would do with more leisure time. Weightlifting? Take up smoking? Bocce?

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crow
crow
12 years ago

the point is not to get as close to 100% idleness as possible. the point is to engage life. roosh, you write as though there is only one kind of job, which is simply not true. it IS true for the uninspired, the many who aren’t creative enough to think outside the box, to take a chance on poverty in order to follow one’s dreams and ideas. contrary to the false american dream, it aint all about money…

Michael
Michael
12 years ago

@ Hope – So are you suggesting the average peasants life is comparable to the average American’s life? Works less, has more leisure time, has more income, has more wealth, has more luxuries… in what way exactly are things worse for the average person?

Hope
Hope
12 years ago

So are you suggesting the average peasants life is comparable to the average American’s life?

Where are you getting this? I am simply stating that wealth has always followed the distribution system of bottom to top, and that this has not really changed. Further, although conditions for the average American is superior to that of the average peasant, the peasants still outnumber the Americans.

The people at the top have tremendous wealth, but that does not mean I’m ungrateful to be an average American, working my desk job and having my luxuries. I don’t want more than what I have, so I don’t really envy the top 1%.

At the same time, it’s good to have a firm grasp on what’s going on, and ask yourself “Will I lose what I have worked for?” Getting the rug pulled out under you because the ultra rich need to be just a bit richer would kind of suck. Wouldn’t you agree?

speakeasy
speakeasy
12 years ago

Triumph. I agree. Of course all the sheeple will vasoline their ass, grab their ankles and let McCain ram them some more. Expect more free trade, lower taxes for corporations, more record oil company profits. I think Obama at least has the common person in mind. But I’m not feeling hopeful he will win. If even 10% of the country is too racist to vote for a black man(and I think it’s higher than that), then the election will go to McCain. Unfortunately, because Obama is about the closest thing we’d ever get to an honest president with a clean history.

Nina
Nina
12 years ago

17 Michael

I’d say the last 8 years or so the average person pays 2x more for health insurance – 3x more for gasoline – 2x more for electricity – college has doubled – home prices have more than doubled but are CRASHING HARD – and food is all over the place but even the good hot dog buns for cookouts have doubled.

So do the governments inflation numbers reflect this – hmmm?.. NO

BTW average American home EQUITY has now fallen and home equity is THE #1 measure of wealth for most Americans.

Oh – and the national debt has skyrocketed in the last 8 years and you’ll have to pay for your growing share of that every year for the rest of your life.

If you are comparing to peasants then you are missing the real events happening NOW by many hundreds of years

The average wealth of most Americans and America is declining – the wealthiest here are (and have been) off-shoring capital in other currencies and commodities in Geneva, Caymans, tax-havens, etc.

Most ( 95% ) of American wage earners are experiencing an acute shortage of capital as there is a recession colliding inflation and with the declining currency, the collapse of available credit, exploding foregn debt, trade deficits, and the huge off budget “debt bombs” that are about to explode after the current administration takes off.

speakeasy
speakeasy
12 years ago

Nina you are right. People in this country need to wake the fuck up. Seriously. Turn off the goddamned reality TV and look at real reality. Fuck Paris Hilton, American Idol, MTV and all this shit that keeps people stupid and occupied while the rug is being pulled out under their feet. It’s enough to make me sick to my stomach to think about what is happening to this country.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Is blogging online, mastrubation for the ego ?

Chic Noir
12 years ago

the gorilla and lion are like the alpha CEO who does little work. they have the underlings so everything instead.

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Chic Noir
12 years ago

speakeasy said:Of course all the sheeple will vasoline their ass, grab their ankles and let McCain ram them some more

I love you for this^^^.

🙂

so sad but so true!

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sk3ptic
sk3ptic
12 years ago

I think the point is accurate for 99% of people; however, when we were kids life was similiar to the gorillas. Also you choose your job and the choice you have made in life determine that job. There are many people who love their jobs.