When one examines how people who claim to be 'living' for the weekend actually spend their time, they are usually engaged in mindless activity, sat in front of the television box, or out getting drunk, although this is a generalisation, that does not mean it isn't true.
Alcohol is a basically an anaesthetic, it stops people feeling, it numbs the pain of the week. This seems like a sad waste of life, life is not to work only without personal reward, we have to find some way to enjoy this life, not just the sad fringe between Friday and Monday. Otherwise, what is life?
While one's work/job/career may be unfullfilling and lead to the behaviors that epictetus describes, for others it is a "pleasurable" escape from one's work/job/career.
Regardless of how much one loves (or hates) their work/job/career, everyone does need some "down time" away from whatever they are doing. It truly is the only way that one can come back to their "occupation," and feel refreshed.
Over the years I have done many things. I owned my own business for over 25 years, and after selling it, went back to college & finished my B.A. I then spent time climbing the corporate ladder. What I found is that even in the "best" (& worst) of those years, I needed time to unwind & do something/anything other than my "job."
I have many interests: Travel, Architecture, Chess, Music, Theatre, Cars, Movies, History, Hiking, Boating, Fishing, Sports. I also have 7 adult children & 9 (soon to be 10) grandchildren. They "deserve" my time and attention, & without the "weekend," I wouldn't have time to spend with them, let alone "recharge" my "batteries."
I live "FOR THE WEEK" & "FOR THE WEEKEND!"
Thanks for the Q, it is a good one! Woodstock :)
Or in my case,I live for the weekend for it is the time where I still work but these are the days where I get to work with the people I really like.. :-)
The pressure is off and the time belongs to you and you can do as you please....
One can say "they should get a job they like" one is actually showing grand naivety. Its just not possible for everyone in the world to get a job they like.
The underlying reason for our sick society is the false impression of scarcity that we all perceive. This is due to the monetary system we got and the fact that to even get a moderate comfort of living we need to go into debt, because we need to loan something because living is expensive since its a scarcity.
Thus we are all deep down slavs working on endless debt with the vague promise of finally being truly free when we get old.
The weekend help relive this feeling (that many really can not put words on) since we can be "free" for two days. Free to do what we like and also rest. Some people simply do not have time to get a proper hobby, and take the easy way of drinking to have "fun".
Why is it so? We are brainwashing our self into thinking thats how it should be," its just how it is." Its is a sate state humanity is in, but hope is not lost. One just need to be mindful of this things and understand that a material viewpoint is in itself not a way to happiness at all, but it is forced on us by our self due to our unwillingness to change, since most of us are afraid of change.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
People who hate their lives and need to escape from the people who they are forced to see everyday tend to wait for the weekend to come so they can enjoy themselves.
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