replace the idea of being 'productive' with instead being 'processive' - you cannot expect to build something new every day, you can expect to advance deeper into the process given a sufficiently strong intention
Plötzlich merkt man, dass die «reale» Arbeit der kapitalistischen Elite, all dieser Designer, Manager, professionellen Evaluierer und Debattierer mit einer Videokonferenz pro Woche erledigt ist. Wir haben quasi per Zufall festgestellt: Wenn die globale Bourgeoisie zuhause bleibt und einfach gar nichts mehr tut, ist das die Lösung all unserer Probleme. Man braucht sie nicht, sie ist nutzlos. Das finde ich eine extrem schöne und beruhigende Erfahrung.
No one should ever work.
Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.
That doesn’t mean we have to stop doing things. It does mean creating a new way of life based on play; in other words, a ludic conviviality, commensality, and maybe even art. There is more to play than child’s play, as worthy as that is. I call for a collective adventure in generalized joy and freely interdependent exuberance. Play isn’t passive. Doubtless we all need a lot more time for sheer sloth and slack than we ever enjoy now, regardless of income or occupation, but once recovered from employment-induced exhaustion nearly all of us want to act. Oblomovism and Stakhanovism are two sides of the same debased coin.
The ludic life is totally incompatible with existing reality. So much the worse for “reality,” the gravity hole that sucks the vitality from the little in life that still distinguishes it from mere survival. Curiously — or maybe not — all the old ideologies are conservative because they believe in work. Some of them, like Marxism and most brands of anarchism, believe in work all the more fiercely because they believe in so little else.
— Bob Black in The Abolition of Work (1985)