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The Purpose of Work

The purpose of conversation and work is to allay suffering which is the activity of love, and to remove suffering which is the activity of compassion. Most brands exhibit love, however in the process of compassion, realize that compassion jeopardizes the sustainability of a co-dependency on love, because products and services that remedy annoyances, be it [insert favorite brands], are products and services to temporarily bring happiness, peace, laughter, and joy (neurotransmitter dependencies), those products and services are not needed when compassion uproots the co-dependent nature of economies reliant on this very nature for progress and growth. 

This has been exhibited in a few research articles on meditation and jhana, where the authors even write, that if people are able to self-generate happiness, going beyond dependency on external factors, it would have economic impacts. And that said, the race to attribute satisfaction of purpose is on, and brands will come to sell it, and attribute other’s success to self, and we, and brand, which is what the purpose of ending suffering does not compete against, as the purpose drives straight at the mark — ending co-dependency and dysfunction in intra-individual relationships, thereby ending co-dependency on institutional savior mentalities.

Therefore, the suggestion, the remedy, to solution, for this is to create space for individuals not only for self-expression, not only for we-expression, not only for brand-expression, but also selfless-expression, weless-expression, brandless-expression, and that right there is the reason for the bias, for the selfless, weless, and brandless is expressionless, in an economy where the masculinity of expression overrules the femininity of expressionlessness, which is funny because… without emptiness, expression could not have the space to express. And this is the inherent problem with this whole mass of masculinity, which has left little room for the feminine aspect, though it’s there.

I would not suggest a balancing, for balancing is expressed, what I’m suggesting is that peoples, corporations, governments and brands step back from individual lives, and give them a bit more room to breath. That is, truly value time, ascribe a value to time for each and every individual, recognize that units of work for generating neurotransmission are just as valuable as units of work for individuals to discover, to create, to spend time with family, and friends, and that this work contributes to a society, in that it gives society room to breathe.

The purpose of all business should be… to put itself out of business, and then you may find that you have enough work. Because quite frankly, we’re all going to go out of business, and that friends… is called death, and I’d rather see friends and family go peacefully, generously, lovingly, kindly, than get to the end with, the spite of hanging on to “if only…” and accumulate vast sums for the chance.

So please, in Agile we articulate the problem at greater densities, and the engineers solution at greater brightness, so I challenge the brands, the universities, the governments and people to step back and roll up the sleeves, to do the work, to make space for each and every person on this planet to consume-less, and find happy-ness. And it will be difficult, and it will be hard, to swallow the earrings of pride and prejudice, knowing that each person’s time is just as valuable as another’s.

Make space for your neighbor, and that neighbor is right next to you, closest to you, whether it is a taxi cab driver, a person walking next to you on the sidewalk, in a crosswalk, on a plane, in a train, at your dinner table, or next to you in a cubicle. Make space, and that’s real health-care.

Good luck.