Nico (vilakins) wrote,

Overworked and underleisured

From several people, the latest of whom is astrogirl2

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
  5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
The closest books are right on my desk: the four Molesworth books by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle. Only one, Whizz for Atomms extends to 123 pages, unless you count Back in Jug Agane which just has 'THE END' on page 123.

Whizz for Atomms has only two sentences (or one, depending on how you look at it) on page 123 and they are:
Exit the wealthy worker 12345/c nye molesworth and all the machines go:

A puff-a grab - sizzle - grunt - scree - ow - gosh - sizzle - screeeeeee - ect.
This is from Molesworth's imagining of the future where he is a highly-paid worker in one of the 'automatick nuclear atommic factories which do all the work by themselves cheers cheers". This was written in 1956 when workers had a lot more power than they do now, and when people thought the biggest problem facing people in the future--the one we're living in--was how to fill their huge numbers of leisure hours.

What happened? People seem to be working harder than ever. Here in NZ we work the longest hours in the world, have fewer holidays than most (3-4 weeks with few public holidays) and people just put up with it. I've stepped back and work fewer hours than most (officially 30 hours a week but usually more like 35) and let me tell you, I would have no problem filling those leisure hours.
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