“We’re so busy trying to make machines more human that we fail to see that humans are devolving into a machine-like state in the process.” -Coach Matt
Busy. It’s the new defacto standard any time someone asks, “how have you been?”. In the same way etiquette conditions us to reply with “I’m fine, thank you, and you?” when someone asks how we are, we’ve managed to generate a canned response that ensures everyone knows we have a lot on our plate, all the time. My favorite parody (or stark, sobering reality) on this topic can be found in Tim Kreider’s, “Lazy: a Manifesto” from his hilarious We Learn Nothing: Essays. The issue with this is the subtle expectation that in our personal lives, and especially in our careers, we are led to believe that our pot of daily tasks should be boiling to the brim in order to validate our sense of worth or to prove that we are “keeping up with” our peers. This is largely due to the fact that parts of our lives that were once compartmentalized (i.e. work and home life) are now innately incorporated into every moment of our day thanks to mobile devices and uninterrupted connectivity.