stop the fake work

Rambled thoughts below. Do not read into them. That much. This is the first pass at shaping this type of clay.

We have entered a zone of ~late (tbd how late we really are in the textbook, but we have certainly entered a weird chapter) where PEOPLE do fake work. This whole essay will come off a bit ridiculous if you are not familiar with the top 25% of US society (written in 2023). I define the top 25% as the class of white collar jobs in coastal elite cities. Think consultants and tech people. If you have a conception of who these people are—a bunch of stereotypes likely coming to your head—then you may resonate with this essay. This essay discusses the ridiculous state (or at least the environment I find ridiculous) of white collar work.

If you instead are thinking about “real work” as manual labor, then, well, I will say the following. I agree with you that manual labor is extremely hard work and that sitting at your computer does not compare, really, at all. I have done a few manual labor jobs in my life—but only short-term (a few months) and never made it my career. I genuinely have a lot of respect for the working man (or woman) that GRINDS via manual labor.

This essay, again, is more about the FAKENESS of the current environment at work, where at work is again defined as the white collar coastal elite jobs that top 50 school graduates wait in line at career fairs to get into.

My take, and it is not really a controversial take, is that most people who work in these places (large/small consulting firms, tech companies, etc.) do primarily FAKE WORK.

If we think that work is about generating value, I find that most people who work at companies generate NEGATIVE and at best neutral amounts of value. I think that, if you had the right COORDINATION INFRASTRUCTURE, you could fire 90% of people who work at these companies. Most of these people are sitting around in meetings all day, discussing more meetings and objectives and then complaining about their benefits package. The seriousness to which they are approaching their work is about a 2/10. If you compare them to Kobe’s seriousness or even Alex Len’s (a mediocre NBA player), they are a 0.0002 out of 10. And we wonder why we feel lost in life? Perhaps it is because most of us are not even? trying relative to our actual potential (this latter comment—the idea that these average? people actually have a lot of potential is a weakly held belief of mine but I tend to assume that people are capable of more than they can imagine, though I maybe wrong).

Most of the people who work at these companies are really paid actors going through the motions of looking like they are doing something ~important but in reality contribute very very little of value.

Look in the mirror. Seriously. What are you doing? Are you proud of your work? Do you like what you do? Do you like who you work with? Do you like your customers? Why do you do it? WHY?

But this is not meant to be a critique of the world. This is not meant—and I know it already comes off this way—to degrade what people call a profession. What value do I provide? Who am I?


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