When I think of hard work I think of cleaning the yard, scrubbing the tub or even helping some one move furniture from one place to another. Yet in my father’s generation “hard work” was making cement pots everyday and painting parking stalls, and it was also different for my grandfather’s generation where he had to work it the pineapple fields. Why is this so? I came to the conclusion that it is because back then they did not have the same level of technology that we have today.
What happened? Well advancements in technology happened where as it made it so machines replaced the typical worker in the field making them obsolete. The only cases that companies still employ workers in the field would have to be in countries where it is cheaper to actually pay the workers than to buy farming equipment. The same could be said about the cement pots my father made. They now have factories that make pots cheaper and more effective than the pots he once made.
But then that raises the question, what now? Thinking about what I used to believe was “hard” work to what my parents and grandparents had to do is little to no comparison in difficulty. In class a video clip of the Jetson’s was shown. I remember this show from my childhood and thought little of I when we started viewing it in class but when the clip went on I found some of the ideas down right preposterous. Automated robots that do the work for us? Machines that make everything for us like breakfast lunch and dinner? It was pretty clear of how people viewed the future and how they wanted it to be in the 1960’s, but is that what we really want? If robots were to do all of the work for us there would be nothing for us to do and in short people would become lazy which in turn will turn them fat like in Wall-E. Although the reasons as to why they got overweight are different the message is the same.
But now I wonder, in the near future what new technologies will actually come out. Will there be robots to do our every bidding making it so we don’t have to do a single thing? Or will things relatively stay the same way as it has always been? But for some reason the one question that bothers me the most is if my children and grandchildren look back at my time and say that what I had to do was “hard” work?