From Human to Machine; Manufactured Drudgery, No. 67
Did humanity fare well as large nations developed? Prosperity in flourishing cities does have a downside. Wants and needs lead to large-scale production and that leads to poverty and drudgery for at least a quarter of the population. The desire for more turned humans into machines; a mind numbing experience of toil for very little in return! The twenties century bought an influx of manufacturing to the world. The human spirit and any creativity lost to repetitive task.
The industrial revolution ushered in a new era of slaves. The cost of new products and inventions bought long hours, poor health, workplace accidents, physical exhaustion, and early deaths. The industry took the young and accelerated aging. Mental health was at an all-time low because people are not machines; they are equipped for variation, not production lines. Parents wanted a better future for their children, as daily struggles to feed families were difficult. Who is to blame; the business people who owned the factories to create wealth, the people who could afford to buy more, the inventors who thought to make life easier with their inventions, increased size in population, a change in technology or a combination of all?
Contemporary living is rapidly shifting to automation, a machine age where humans are left to do the things a machine cannot do or understand. Though factory labour is lessening in some countries businesses in wealthier countries have imbedded this system in poorer nations. This creates another cycle of hard labour for communities with maximum benefits to shareholders. Empathy and understanding grows, but can that compete with a system that prizes a self-centred rhetoric? While business schools favour a fight to the top mentality and people are collateral damage, production lines will continue.
Change does arrive, but if the system is broken, mending it belongs to all of us. Spending wisely with thought being given to the manufacturing process is vital. This is something we can all do. We can care for others and not have them shackled to a production line without proper rights! Can we move to job creation that is human friendly? Can we get to a place where we value people for their unique skills and creativity and pay them accordingly? Some have broken old confines, but it will take awareness for world populations to catch up.
Sharon D Bush
Writer Historian Artisan Sage