"The narratives that define our culture are subtle sometimes. We all like the
shared belief that hard work has good outcomes. For instance, you go to school
to get a job. If you work hard in your job, you’ll have a good life, live in
your own house and achieve your dreams.
We teach these ideas to children in the hopes they’ll be hard working and
But there are a couple of myths underneath these values. Firstly, there’s an
implication those who succeed deserve it. And this implies those who don’t have
high paying jobs only have themselves to blame.
Next we have the narrative it’s good to have a job, but we should also be more
ambitious and strive for something better. Again, if we don’t get it, we have
ourselves to blame.
We can see these two narratives in the way some politicians talk. Remember, for
instance, when in 2015, then Treasurer Joe Hockey said people looking to buy a
house just had to “get a good job”.
We can use philosophical tools to see how both these narratives are myths."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics