I have always been repeating, like a parrot, to my daughters and friends, the importance of effort. The culture of effort. But I don’t get it anymore. Experience tells me that maybe yes, maybe not. We all have close examples that dismantle the theory. That hard-working classmate from school has ended up bitter on a bench. That other professional colleague, so lazy, nevertheless enjoys a successful dispatch without hitting it.
The time spent putting in effort doesn’t guarantee anything either: working longer hours in your life does not mean getting better positions or more money. How many better and more dedicated professionals than oneself have not been so lucky. They overwhelm me. And how many much more lazy are living lusciously with glory and wealth. They tell me.
I read the priceless ‘Diarios’ (Pepitas Ed.), By Iñaki Uriarte, and at first I am offended by his display of a certain disregard for the duty to work. But little by little it seduces me and produces a certain envy that I live without a bad conscience for it. He says: “Neither ‘spirit of sacrifice’, nor ‘desire to excel’, nor ‘aspiration to excellence’. No respect or sympathy for these things & mldr; I have nothing against laziness, quite the opposite& rdquor ;. Wield a phrase of Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio disturbing: “How you have always been wrong! It was to eagerness, to work, to breakdown, to fatigue; not to calm, not to laziness, not to enjoyment, not to fullness, to whom you should have asked: ‘What are you good for?’ “And he remembers the comment of an American businessman when he retired at 40:” I do not think that at the time of his death no one regretted not having spent more hours in the office & rdquor ;.
As a mechanism of expectation, the tune of effort is very seductive. The well-thought-out society instills it in us insistently. Suspicious. In the end it is found that the self-exploitation to which you have been subjected does not guarantee anything. And that often that overexertion produces two things: one’s own boredom and benefiting another, who does know how to make your effort profitable. That is why he has vehemently emboldened you to it, go, do your best. And that is why it is understood that chastened people no longer try. The social elevator is broken, if it ever worked.
So is there to wander? No, of course, living off the mummy would not be very supportive of the others who live. Everyone should contribute something, according to their abilities. But not doing so would not be a crime either. However, working hard sometimes is. Some very hard-working individuals end up just pushing things beyond what is legal, let alone the ethical. Major financial disasters, accounting shenanigans, massive scams, covert thefts, have been brought about by hard-working and hard-working yuppies, often trained at prestigious international business schools.
Continued effort produces craving. Therefore, dissatisfaction. If you add competitiveness, you enter a spiral where the final stage is never found, a frantic race to nowhere. The commitment to permanent innovation, whether it comes to mind or not, is absurd as it has already shrewdly alerted us Xavier Rubert de Ventós. Our generation was raised on the promise that hard work paid off. In the 1990s, armies of ‘workalcoholics’ who have suffered the entanglement firsthand. And that paradoxically, now they discover that their retirement is in question.
In any case, the effort should be a personal and voluntary decision. Punctually applied to whatever we want. Effort must be understood as a placer, like that career that costs you, but whose goal satisfies you. Or like the sleepless night pursuing a demanding project, which will finally comfort you when you see the light. Or not. The road will have already been worth it. It was an instinctive decision and not a forced one. Not because of someone else or because of your ego. Nothing in nature goes above and beyond what is necessary. Everything runs according to the law of least effort, effort yes, but the minimum to be in balance. Perhaps in the not too distant future, there will be a society where no one has to strive for anything to live in peace. And without a bad conscience for it.