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From Thoughtland: Towards a 30-Hour Working Week


FROM MY THOUGHTLAND BLOG:

"In terms of Scottish commitment to the biosphere, we have already let our conscience be our guide – and it's costing us. So if we have made this grand commitment, how do we align our everyday lives, our talents and passions, with it?

Can we go on pretending that it's enough to simply live-to-earn-to-consume, we heedless Glasvegans and blithe Edinbourgoisie, waiting for the next cyclical restoration of business, property values and consumption-as-usual? Or do we gather together our various concerns about quality-of-life and parenting, collective purpose and planetary commitment, and point them at an ambitious but achievable target – the progressively shorter Scottish working week?

Again, providing some sublime discomfort for Salmond the oil economist, there's another bit of Jimmy Reid's speech that didn't make it to the front of the New York Times (but which will doubtless be in our kids' online school folders). “To unleash the latent potential of our people requires that we give them responsibility. The untapped resources of the North Sea are as nothing compared to the untapped resources of our people.”

Will we begin to take real responsibility not just for ourselves, but our children's global future? Can we climb off the Scottish workhorse, and head for other, greener fields?"

 

http://www.thoughtland.info/2010/09/shorterworkingweek.html

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