In his book, “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory” anthropologist David Graeber talks about the existence of meaningless jobs and analyzes how they harm society.
He believes that there are some jobs out there that don’t really do anything important, and they can actually be bad for our society.
Let’s dive in and see if we can understand what these “silly jobs” are!
First, let’s imagine you have a job where you just sit at a desk all day and don’t do much. Maybe you pretend to look busy or spend hours on social media.
This is the kind of job Graeber is talking about. He says that these jobs don’t help anyone, and they make people feel bored and unhappy.
One example of these silly jobs could be a person who is hired to stand in a line for someone else. Their whole job is just to wait.
Another example might be someone who creates reports that nobody ever reads. These jobs might sound funny, but Graeber believes they can actually hurt society.
Even worse is a super smart person working all day long on what color or font there should be an ad.
I have done this kind of work so this is not me pointing fingers at anyone but giving some food for thought to my readers.
Why are these jobs harmful?
Well, they can make people feel like they aren’t important or like they’re wasting their time.
This can lead to sadness and stress over time. Also, these jobs take up space that could be used for more meaningful and helpful work.
So, what can we do about these silly jobs? One idea is to talk about them and make people aware that they exist. If we all work together, we can create a world where everyone has a job that makes them feel happy and valued.
In the end, it’s important to think about the work we do and try to make sure it’s meaningful and helpful to others. Let’s work towards a world with fewer silly jobs and more awesome ones. 🙂