Topic #208: Make an argument for why weekends should be longer.Different cultures expect a different amount of working hours from working people. Make a serious argument for why either you, or your entire society, should have more time away from work.
I think our culture has become work obsessed. Those of us with jobs feel like they have to put in tons and tons of hours. Businesses are, in many cases, short-handed. So the remaining employees have to pick up the slack. Businesses can’t affored (in many cases) to hire. But it never changes. People continue 50 work 50-70 hours a week (and not pd hourly). Things get behind at home. there are errands and chores. as a result, there is no longer very much time built into the week for lots of people. As a result, people are depleted, exhausted, stressed out, and frustrated. This makes them cranky, and sometimes even mean.
When I was a child I would get cranky and start pitching a fit. My mother would look me straight in the eye and say “only tired children act that way” . Then she’d say “go to bed”! She was right, of course. So I think the country is tired. We can’t even think straight any more. We spend hours either watching commentatiors take digs at each other or we do it ourselves. This is no way to live! Today I was headed to drop my car off to have some work done. The radio was tuned to talk radio…I had to switch it over to the classical station. Even if i couldn’t take today off, at least I could take a 10 minute mental vacation!
There are countries (Like France) that have 6 week vacations every summer. I suppose that’s a good thing. But the countries that have much more vacation time seem crabby too—and they aren’t doing any better than we are economically. Some are doing worse. So what is the answer? Hey, how should I know? I may be a perennial optimist—but I don’t know. I would like longer weekends because maybe we could get caught up on either our sleep, our things to do list, or both…..how about you?