We are not always sure why life is stressing. We have some basic instincts like survival and procreation. Survival for early man was clearly dependent on his ability to hunt, gather, and form small supportive groups or tribes.
Survival these days is becoming more complicated. In the early industrial revolution, showing up and putting in hard days of labor would suffice. Then rote education opened opportunities to find the less laborious and more intellectual or managerial work. Now it turns out that man is not sufficiently efficient to hold the jobs that are necessary for companies to survive.
The highly educated are in demand for technological work that leads to innovations. Changing things fast enough has become the survival mantra for traditional businesses. They are often competing against the much more nimble networking of individuals sharing ideas on open platforms. The power to change has placed the individual at the forefront once again as those with passionate interests that can share and learn are leading innovation.
Individuals now realize that as the previously considered good jobs fall to the machine, the remaining jobs don’t pay enough to earn a living. Survival no longer has an easy path to discern. It is confusing to the youth in most nations as they look for work. It is confusing for mature adults who have been in industries their whole lives and find themselves obsolesced.
I am joined by a few authors that see Universal Laws as models for how to live our lives. The basic units of matter like photons, particles, and atoms have daily practices. They create energy, exchange information, and try to make the whole better. I see this as a model to live our lives. I believe we start by creating our optimized vitality. This occurs with building health in nutrition, exercise, and total fitness. We spend time learning to evolve into mastery of skills or knowledge. We share and/or collaborate with others of the same interests. As we develop we might become attractive to employers, followers, customers, or peers.
Michael J. Casey, co-author of The Social Organism mirrors this observation as he says social media and natural laws follow the same patterns. Casey says we have to be independent contributors with our own strengths and yet linked to the whole just as particles in the Universe communicate. We build our contribution with passionate devotion to our interests that then lead to commitment, dedication and practice. The Guild system of the Middle Ages has not been improved upon. It often takes years before our expertise is sufficient to make a valuable contribution.
As more people become independent contractors and entrepreneurs, it becomes clear that we all have to be entrepreneurial in developing our specific talents that could find a space in the commercial marketplace. We may offer up our talents to employers for short term work or to customers or collaboratively to our peers. Our security in rapid change becomes faster learning and mastery of niche talents that can be instructive to those who need our talent or want to learn.
More human labor will move to taking care of humans as machines learn to provide most other functions including law, accounting, surgery, manufacturing, driving, flying, house cleaning and even sex. As Lynda Gratton says in The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here, automation is already eating jobs like PacMan.
One characteristic of self-actualization is creativity. It is parralled today by machines involved in deep learning. In deep learning, computers feed endless data to computers until they can start making their own decisions. Humans have to engage in deep thinking or focus on mastering their interests so that they too can lead change.
You might be interested in my revised first in a series eBook Limitless: We Can Rise Above Change
The Second Book in the Series is Limitless: The Surfers Life: Fun, Achievement, Spirituality