Think about all the people closest to you in your life. If they are like most of the people I love most, they are working outside the home. They are probably getting up earlier than nature intended if they work first shift and staying up later than nature intended if on second or third shift.
Most of them probably don't stop working when the 40 hours is up either. That used to be what we did to support living, a 40 hour work week. Now, most people work more than that, even a LOT more than that.
And it doesn't just apply to people working outside the home. I work at home and still often log 60 or more hours on the internet. That's a little insane, really.
How did we get to this point? How is it possible that, at such a peak in technologlical development that we still have to sell our lives to pay for our homes, food and health care?
And how can we ever fix it?
Like many in the spiritual community, I believe a total collapse of the current system may be the only way we call ever collectively break free from the insanity. That may create it's own insanity but hopefully it will not last.
The breakdown of our way of life may be similar to the way an individual has to break down to surrender sometimes. I've noticed how many times a person will suddenly wake up to what is most important in their lives, only after a devastating illness, loss of someone they love or other catastrophic life change.
Does restructure always have to be so painful? Can we learn to surrender to what is truly important and to release the trappings of work, money and survival before we collapse the system in on itself?