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Book Review : The Utopia of Rules – by David Graeber

My favorite quotes- 

“the ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.”

“Capitalism, he noted, is not something imposed on us by some outside force. It only exists because every day we wake up and continue to produce it. If we woke up one morning and all collectively decided to produce something else, then we wouldn’t have capitalism anymore.”

Rate : 10/10

 

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The Utopia of Rules, is a fascinating book. it contained 205 pages dedicated to the topic of the evolution of Bureaucracy and its effect on our personal perspective and our social order. In these small amount of pages, David Graeber has managed to explain and Summarize one of the most relevant topic of our lives in the 21st century western culture – The bureaucratic maze of our imprisonment (my language)

This book is written in a wonderful manner, which made me laugh, think and be concern in the same time.

The amount of revelation I had regarding the world around me were countless. I enjoy deeply to read this book and took with me a lot of good lessons for may day to day life. The evolution of bureaucracy, its direct implementation on our lives and the reason for it. Are all part of a group of topic that require more attention in our days. I truly believe more awareness is required in this topic and should be integrated into the program of the general education of our society.

 

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better world · education · Time- What is it all about

The connection between time and freedom – Part 1. Introduction

There is a direct connection between time and freedom. In the life we are living at the 21st century, the technological developments and the cultural routine has change the way we live. It brought many to live a life, in which the main occupation of an individual is based on a monotonic and repetitive cruel daily routine.

For most of us, the routing goes as followed. We are waking up around the same hour every day, going to work and taking a lunch. Coming back to our home, handling with some previous obligations and making some home assignment. Eating dinner and finishing the day in front of the television for the sake of letting our head rest.

For a small amount of people, this routine is enjoyable and satisfying. But for the majority of the people, after a short period of repetition, a deep feeling of exhaustiveness , boredom and even a small feeling of depression is starting to be felt. It is true to say, that life is a cycle. The days and night are cycling together with the seasons and with our need to sleep, eat and drink. But somehow, those do not affect us mentally as the daily repetition of our working habits.

Without any doubts, routines are healthy and allow us to feel secure. It allow us to plan forward and believe in the stability of a long lasting life. In the reality, our life are a roller coaster, which makes our life interesting and exciting. Without it, we will just live a linear life which is not worth living.

The connection between time and freedom
So how come some routines make us happy and some miserable? As it looks to me, it is all connected to the individual perceptive of time. Time, counted in hours, minutes and seconds is a dangerous concept if taken to seriously. It absorbs our mental freedom, chain us to a master that dictate our existence as it fix us in time. To make it simple, by accepting the concept of time, we become bound to a subconscious understanding of how much have past and how much we still have to go.

In the book I will publish next month called “Back to Ourselves”, I’m developing a conversation about how dangerous is to put to much important into details. Without any doubt, the time as we perceive it, fall under this category. The fascinating thing with time, is that after a short period of adaptation it becomes a fundamental instrument of our unconscious. An example for it, is our capacity to decide to wake up in a certain time, and then by magic we wake up in that specific moment.

I will write a series of post on the subject, in which I will develop the idea of the chain of time, show the direct connection between time and money in our society and the dangerous effects it have on our freedom. In this early stage of our conversation, it is important to understand that the tool of time, is an invention made by humans.in the end of the day, the a world that is counted in minutes and hours exist only in our head. As such, it create stress only when adopted by an individual.

Time, have a direct connection to how we perceive ourselves, earn our income and plan ahead. It’s in many cases, a reason for stress and depression if seen in the wrong way.

Please share with me your opinion. Open conversation and awareness are the foundation for the creation of a better future.