Forget being “productive”

By Caitlin Kelly

It’s a neoliberal fetish and the favorite mantra of Americans — be productive, dammit!

Always secondary are non-economic behaviors.

The ones we remember about others, centuries later.

The human qualities we eulogize.

 

Be kind

Be smart

Be gentle

Be generous

Be thoughtful

Be creative

 

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Just…be.

 

15 thoughts on “Forget being “productive”

    1. American life — and its lack of any meaningful social safety net — requires endless toil or worry that you’re NOT toiling. It’s sad and destroys a lot of other human behaviors we may privately value much more….like emotional intimacy. Hard to sustain if you’re commuting 2 hrs a day and/or working 3 part-time jobs.

      This pandemic makes this clearer to some…

  1. A timely post! šŸ™‚ I just listened to a short podcast (by Krista Tippett, host of On Being), which addresses this very issue. Here’s a link: At home, frustrated, and stressed ā€” is ‘just being’ worthy right now?

    She mentions Rebecca Solnit, whose writing I greatly admire. One of Solnit’s books, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, has been on my to-read list for a while. I have a feeling that now might be an apt time to read it!

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