Work without Meaning => Meaning without Work

The industrial age gave us meaningless work: tedious, repetitive jobs, with micro-managing and monitoring to maximize efficiency while decreasing room for variety, autonomy, and creativity. The bright side/dark side of algorithms and robots taking much of that work from us is that many will likely be un(der)employed, perhaps paid by schemes like Universal Basic Income. Since much of our meaning comes from the work we do, we may face much more of the problems of recent decades; listlessness of youth, the nihilism of school shooters and suicide bombers, a sense of powerless that powers populist movements and scapegoating. As FARM considers the whole self, not simply homo economicus or our professional lives, we can learn to develop meaningful lives regardless of the political economy or our current role within it.