Isn’t the problems that parents face about our work culture? Parents who take time out of work to raise children, when they return to work end up with 75% of the salaries of their peers. In the meantime, if they work, the may miss their children’s first words, steps, and all the first that follow until they themselves begins to work and/or have children.
Feminism points at the problem, but it’s bigger than sexism.
The general set of expectations of salaried workers is that they will work ceaselessly: sixty or more hours per week, answering email at midnight, never, never disconnecting from work. Going on vacation means working “remotely.”
The realities of the wage workers is that they will need to have two jobs and two to make ends meet. If they have children both parents will have to do so.
Nobody gets to live life! Buried in work people are not only missing their children growing up, we are missing being part of a community (other than the work place.) We are missing falling in love with our planet, our home, and as a result, letting the planet we depend upon self-destruct as a viable habitat for ourselves an all other living beings.
I suspect that for many people, acquiescence to the work culture is a means of covering over the panic deep inside regarding the current Earth crisis (Climate change, mass extinction, the beginning of the Anthropecene Age.) The mandate for workaholism as the norm, is work-addiction that keeps us from being awake to the real work that needs to happen now if our children are to grow up on a habitable planet.
We are missing everything. Standard work in America is like dry toast, with a side serving of more dry toast. All that dry toast sucks the life out of a person. It’s insanity.
I’d like to see Earthism, Humanism, Loveism.
Read the article that prompted me to write this: