I was reading this article in the Atlantic Online: Waiting for the Weekend, and it made me a little sad. The industrial model of leisure is no more humane than the industrial model of work.
What is the meaning of the weekday-weekend cycle? Is it yet another symptom of the standardization and bureaucratization of everyday life that social critics such as Lewis Mumford and Jacques Ellul have warned about?
I think it is. Give me a freerange enterprise any day. The freerange enterprise is not just about working differently. It's about living differenty, and work, albeit a very important component, is just one element in a more balanced lifestyle.
Work is not something objectionable that should be dropped like a hot-potato when the clock strikes 5 on a Friday afternoon. Nor is leisure something that should be scheduled. With freeranging we work when we're most inspired. We also feel no guilt about taking a walk, a ride, a nap, or whatever when it strikes us.
People indoctrinated into the industrial model of working react to freeranging as if it means we're working all the time. They like to invoke terms to describe us like workaholic. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you're working all the time, then what you're doing is not freeranging. Having the freedom, and the license to maintain a healthy balance in your life is a critical component of the modern freeranging workplace. You can't freerange without it.