Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

22 October 2009

What we can learn from the Maori

The Maori world of work

Unlike us modern westerners, within the broader family group, each member of a traditional Maori community did the job for which he or she was best suited ...

but here's the clincher:

... and rank depended not on the accumulation of goods but on the extent to which a person provided them for others. A tohunga was a 'specialist' (e.g., a woodcarver was a tohunga whakairo rakau) but few were engaged full-time on their special skill. When not so occupied they would join in the ordinary everyday work of the tribe from which even the ariki (chief) was not exempt (source).

Now how could we apply this to 2009? Well first off, we should all be working in jobs designed to "provide goods for others". That would mean provide for our families right? That would mean providing for our children, our future. Right?

That means our jobs should be about protecting biodiversity, revering nature/our future/our children (it's all the same thing) and save earth's "resources" for a rainy day.

Instead our jobs are about making profit for corporations today, at the expense of tomorrow.

We should rise up and refuse to work another minute until all employers (especially big corporations) enact gender-sensitive, earth-friendly, child-relevant, future-friendly budgets, policies and business plans.

Hey it's just an idea ... and it's a start.

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