Bertrand Russell & Buckminster Fuller on Why We Should Work Less, and Live & Learn More

Over the holidays I came across a few articles critiquing Citizens Income, which I’ll be posting shortly.  One of the early conclusions I came to after reading the critiques was that a consideration of Citizens Income has to go hand in hand with a consideration of what work is.  Thanks to Jane Frances for sending me this brilliant link from Films for Action .

In 1932, Bertrand Russell wrote:

What is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.

As a sculptor, I love this definition. It also got me thinking about children’s schematic learning – observable behaviours which facilitate children’s exploration and learning about the world: positioning, transporting, connecting/disconnecting, inside/outside/boundaries, transformation and cause and effect.  They explore these in 3D, 2D and in relationships.

As I walked out this glorious morning, I pondered if, collectively as a species,  we’ve only got as far as transformation in our development, and we still have a lot to learn about cause and effect.