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Day 6 — Leisure

In Gundrisse, Karl Marx writes that a post-capitalist society would allow for:

...the free development of individualities, and hence not the reduction of necessary labour time so as to posit surplus labour, but rather the general reduction of the necessary labour of society to a minimum, which then corresponds to the artistic, scientific etc. development of the individuals in the time set free, and with the means created, for all of them.

Whether you're a Marxist or not, the idea of a "post-scarcity economy" — an economy that does not necessitate human labor to supply everyone their basic needs and desires — is intriguing.

Stepping back from theory, though, I often wonder what I would do in such a world. The question, really, is simple: in a world where I can have as much leisure time as I would like, what would leisure consist of?

This was a much harder question to answer than I thought, partially because so much of my "leisure time" today is tied to capitalist activity. It's a running joke amongst my friends that I'm always trying to make a dollar off of my hobbies.

Which leads to follow-up question: if I couldn't tie my hobbies even indirectly to a "productive" outcome, would my hobbies be radically different?

Honestly, yeah. They probably would be.

This was more of a journal entry than it was an informative piece, but interesting to think about nonetheless.