“What can it profit a man to gain the whole world and to come to his property with a gastric ulcer, a blown prostate, and bifocals? In a time when people tear themselves to pieces with ambition and nervousness and covetousness, they are relaxed. All of our so-called successful men are sick men, with bad stomachs, and bad souls, but Mack and the boys are healthy and curiously clean.”
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
The premise of the Four Hour Day is real simple - we all are working too hard. We are giving up our one wild and precious life in to chase economic success, only to find that our large TVs and new vehicles really aren’t making us happy. We take our own busyness as evidence that we are being productive and useful, when too often we’re just tiring ourselves out enough to ignore those gnawing doubts.
Why are we doing this to ourselves? What good is it doing? Will we be happier if sales increase, if production is up?
The Four Hour Day is a dream of an intentional society, where we can agree about how we want to use our time and resources and energies. It’s a calm suggestion that things don’t really have to be this way. And it’s a strong statement of hope for the future of our species.
It is also a book, which you can purchase or download for free, here!