Be wary of pieces that use words like “we” to indicate “all of us” – are they speaking for you?
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.
The point being made in these articles is almost always something like “we’ve automated almost everything, why can’t we all spend the day at the beach?”
Maybe some people get something out of being productive.