October 7, 2017
A good work model for the non-administrative working class, in my humble opinion, would be semi-contractual work. In other words, one would work in a specific warehouse/office or what have you, and upon arrival or per schedule, choose from a list of assignments that are paid different prices according to time and difficulty.
There are some of us who find it nearly impossible to put on a pair of pants in the morning. It gets done, but not all at once. One pant leg may reach its destination, only to wait for a sole sock to find its foot. Belt before shirt, jacket lain on bed with shirt in hand—some of us live our lives this way, completely scattered, having to constantly refocus on the tasks before us, whether these tasks be long or short term. Names have been given for these sorts of problems and dozens of medicines have been provided for each name.
We have transferred our shame of our own atrophy in the face of work for a sense of shame for work itself, for we do not see the degree to which work atrophies our lives when it is concerned with so much phenomena so far outside the realm of our immediate experience.
In the workplace, cake on a napkin is the implication that comfort should not be wholly comfortable, nor should it be entirely without that necessary bit of unceremoniousity which leisure requires before it too quickly resembles work.
Any bit of effort employed in the service of leisure, especially when occurring either off the clock or in a blocked out fragment that would otherwise be spent working, is a reminder that there is always work to be done, even if it is only as simple as cleaning a plate in the sink when one is finished eating. Leisure is a game of significations in which polite reciprocation allows brief moments of anxious engagement with the very lack of work traced by the anticipation of the moment it picks up again. Cake on a napkin is the ostentatious sign of the gift of time in none too certain terms, but whose security is gaurunteed by a semi-formal unity of ceremony to be determined by the subservient agent.
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