Identity and Work

  • Work, even if we find it unpleasant, provides us with meaning, purpose and structure in our lives. This is because we get a sense of identity from our work.
  • Advances in technology and automation are threatening to displace more than half of jobs in the coming years.
  • As jobs keep disappearing, economists and policymakers are talking about 'Universal Basic Income', a no-strings-attached monthly payment to cover basic living costs.
  • There are several challenges and questions as to what one will do to live a meaningful life, as finding identity and meaning through work is now vanishing.

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