In Reply to: Structure posted by Miranda on October 30, 2001 at 22:10:37:
I agree with the notion that some people could make better use of their time if they were left to schedule it on their own. The major problem here is that in American society (and now spreading to other societies as well) people have rarely been given the chance to do this for themselves. People are not necessarily lazy they are just unaccustomed to doing things like this for themselves.
Many people, as your roommate stated, would "watch tv all the time and get depressed," but that is more of a question of their nature or motivation than anything else. I believe that many people would probably start doing this, but at some point, they would come to the realization that their lives were going nowhere fast and they would start finding better things to do.
This also deals with how different people want different amounts of activity in their lives. Take students here at MHC, for example. Some students take five regular classes, two phys ed classes, and tack on ten different extra-curricular activities. Others take the minimum number of credits and are perfectly happy with this. Itís a matter of different dispositions.
This deals more with an individualís compatibility or adaptability to their environment than to whether capitalism is alienating or not. Certain people could live in any system and remain happy and sociable, while others would feel stifled and suffocated by the slightest bit of oppression. You and your roommate are simply on opposite planes here.
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