Saturday, January 18, 2020

Arrogance in Nostalgia

If you were teleported back in time 40 years, how easy and quaint does doing the same job you have now seem at first blush

Assume you don’t know anything specific about the then future to come—you just are used to what the world is like today. Very specifically you are used to that job as it is today. 

I’m sure if you thought about it, you’d realize the stress, monotony, slowness, paperwork, and general frictions would be unbearable. If your job didn’t exist 40-years ago, think of the closest analogue. Remember job doesn’t mean industry. 

Consider it along these dimensions: 
  • tools you work with
  • general work environment
  • your job's status and prestige in the world
  • competition for your job
  • workload and hours on the clock
  • and prospects for the future.

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