Specifically, I have been thinking about this passage:
Dr. Frithjof Bergmann states:
For most of human history people only worked for two or three hours per day. As we moved from agriculture to industrialization, work hours increased, creating standards that label a person lazy if he or she doesn't work a forty-hour week...The very notion that everyone should have a job only began with the Industrial Revolution.
I will have to do some more research into these numbers, because the whole 3 hours of work a day thing just boggles my mind. I think maybe he wasn't counting into that time to prepare meals and clean up after them and other day-to-day activities, because they alone would take up 3 hours if accomplished without all of our modern conveniences.
Wouldn't they? Or would they not be considered work?
I do agree that things were much slower paced in times past, and I wish I would have been born then instead of in this time that insists on rushing forward at breakneck speed.
I have been trying to imagine it all night, and I am intrigued. I think I could cheerfully make the changes to such a life. Granted, I would miss my microwave and hot showers whenever I want. Probably I would miss being able to watch some of my favorite movies. Of course I would miss you, dear readers. The rest? Not so much.
Still, no matter how I try to wrap my brain around the idea of only three hours of work a day I just can't do it. I imagine that there would be lots of things to do to fill time. Laundry would no longer be a simple matter of tossing clothes into the washer. Meals would have to be cooked from scratch. Firewood would have to be cut, clothing made and mended, dusting and sweeping taken care of. Dishes would be done by hand, and the water would have to be heated manually rather than coming out of a tap already scalding hot. Gardens would need tending, as would the family animals.
Even with all this work that would need to be done, I somehow feel that it would be an easier life. One would live their entire life with their family. There would be no waking to harsh alarm clocks, no racing to get things done on someone else's timetable. Chores could be done one at a time, rather than this "hyper-tasking" that everyone seems so fond of now. Children would grow up learning from their parents and living lives rich with imaginative play. Conversations would be spoken between people, rather than emailed or left on voice mails. Letters would come back into fashion. Oh, wouldn't that be fun? Imagine getting your mail and finding letters from friends and family who lived beyond easy visiting distance rather than a pile of bills and junk mail! I have always loved letters......
Anyway, I just thought you would enjoy a little peek into my mind.