Work has destroyed ecosystems.Work has become a source of destruction in Industrial Society. On a small planet whose circumference is just 40,000 km work has turned into overwork, unnecessary work, destructive work. Most of the 3 billion people living in cities - 50% of world population - are engaged in overwork, unnecessary work, destructive work.
It is very important to understand the reasons for doing work.
Why do we work?
It is generally thought that people work because - they are smart, intelligent and hardworking. People work in order to feed themselves and their families.
Above reasons are totally wrong. In the East sages had discovered thousands of years ago that people cannot stop working. People work because they cannot stop working.
Anyone who wants proof of this can try the following. Take leave from work for 10 days. Try to sleep continuously. Try to indulge in pleasure/ entertainment continuously. Try to relax continuously.
The energy generated by the food we eat forces us to work ceaselessly.
Energy = Energy[Physical Work] + Energy[Mental Work] + Energy[Suffering/ Subjective Experience]
All three energies on the right side are inversely proportional to one another.
When we do hard physical work or hard mental work or a combination of physical work and mental work almost all energy is used up in doing work.
When we stop physical work and mental work, the unused energy is experienced as suffering/ anxiety/ restlessness/ discomfort. This suffering is so intense - so unbearable - that most people cannot stop physical activity and mental activity simultaneously for even 2 minutes - they can stop work/activity only under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
There is no higher purpose behind work.
People do not work because they want to work.
People do not work for their family.
People do not work for their nation.
People do not work for any reason.
People work because they cannot stop working.
It does not matter what kind of work we do - whether it is physical work or any kind of mental work. As soon as we stop working we suffer from restlessness, anxiety, uneasiness and discomfort.
In Yoga and Meditation the goal is to stop Physical Activity and Mental Activity simultaneously - and then transform the subjective-experience of restlessness/ anxiety/ suffering into peace. This requires ability and years of effort. A large number of people in the east have tried to do this but very few have succeeded - maybe a few hundred or a few thousand in the entire history. Stopping work is not an option for most people living in this world.
Today 50% of world population - 3 bilion people are living in cities. These people cannot do farming in cities. Most of the people living in cities are engaged in unnecessary work - making things, buying things and selling things - leading to an endless cycle of unnecessary and destructive work.
Our small planet which is only 40,000 km in circumference cannot sustain a city-based industrial society.
A city-based industrial society destroys necessary things for making unnecessary things.
A city-based industrial society destroys animals, trees, air, water and land for making consumer goods.In a city-based industrial society work turns into overwork, unnecessary work, destructive work.Such a society ends up destroying the ecosystems - the very things that have created and sustained life on earth.
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