To be a rat in the rat race
By Cheline working class at Feb 08, 2009
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you´re still a rat...
Ok. Fine. Many of us workers have few choices and little power over our own destinies. We see our lives getting away from us, moving at a frantic pace feeling powerless to control. We are trapped in the rat race - forcing ourselves, day after day, to do work we find neither meaningful nor fulfilling.
We have been told that the rat race is the road to success. Success is measure exclusively in economic terms. Today, the "American Dream" has become a global dream and, a global nightmare. One can only hope than that dream will evolve to include creative freedom. It has been estimated that 75 percent of all jobs involve the kind of repetitive functions that can be replaced by computers or machines. In the economically developed nations, new technologies and the exportation of jobs to the "developing nations" have meant the elimination of millions of jobs. In the Third World, the introduction of large-scale farming has pushed and will likely to continue to push billions into the cities, where there are too few jobs and inadequate infrastructure and housing to absorb them.
We are facing the propect of a virtual slave class of low paid workers.
Once in this monotonous chase, it takes more courage than most of us can muster to stand up amidst the crowd and return to the quest for a fully integrated life. "Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers".