The Motor Enthusiast’s Future | Part Two
As outsourcing, automation, and lean principles continue to eliminate both blue and white collar jobs of the last century new career paths will be forced to emerge.
The pursuit of efficiency will leave many unemployed, but this can be viewed as a necessary purge to arrive at modern freelancing taking a large percentage of employment back.
In our “engineered to fail” economy, very few people understand how to fix things that were common sense decades ago.
Since the concept of the 40 hour work week became standard, craftsmanship has declined and people haven’t felt as fulfilled as when they ran their own small shops.
In the days when Self-employment was “traditional employment” people felt a sense of betrayal when they were forced to work in factories and abandon their skills to pay the bills.
They liked running their own shops. They didn’t want to kiss that era goodbye.
Society itself isn’t stuck with an unhappy ending though because along came the internet.
Since “The Great Recession” society has reached a peak in Walmart-esqe over-consumption. Minimalism is becoming more of a norm and there is pride in the uniqueness of possessions that are worthy of our personal space.
Student loan debt, minimalism, and the decrease in income that current generations have seen forces people to consider hobbies with a “Reasonableness Test.”
“If I chose to spend my limited disposable income on X, is it worth taking away from Y, Z, and my family? “
It’s not that younger generations “don’t get” the satisfaction of working on things or don’t seek adrenaline. The common perception that todays youth don’t care about expensive hobbies simply isn’t true.
The root cause isn’t a lack of interest, it’s a lack of funds. Logic leads to spending that time gaining skills to pay the bills. These are responsible conclusions that are commendable, but the cost is the loss of a great outlet for passion and self-learning.
P.S. In true #UnrefinedProject form, the thoughts that I have presented here are just a start. I have much research to do, this is just one of many evolving projects, and it is subject to change. Rearranged, not refined, just put it out there raw at some point. Good projects are never finished, they are only abandoned.