Is this the end of productivity?

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Author: Sam Blum


In this article, Sam Blum discusses the cult of productivity, the space that work occupied as an identity in western society and the reflection that the slowdown imposed by Covid-19 brings individually in a search for meaning.

“The question of how to implement a humane form of economics that requires less productivity of individual workers is the more onerous task. But perhaps, with the majority of Americans forced to reckon with an unprecedented state of inactivity, we’ll be more inclined to put down our phones and separate accomplishment from self-worth. Writers like Smart have long argued that this is beneficial and, ironically, can make us more productive in the long run.

Smart is also hopeful that the idea of productivity will be tied less to individual accomplishment than to a greater sense of community”.