Whether you are a student or you have a full time job, maybe you are a manager  or you are a boss, whether you like what you do  or not we all like Fridays .As much as we like Fridays we hate Mondays. Why?

Monday morning. You wake up early when it is still dark. You don’t feel like eating anything but you need to wake up properly so you make a cup of strong coffee and you  leave home very quietly.

We all like fridays .

God! People on the street  are running and looking so stressed. So quiet, all you hear is their  footsteps. Sometimes it reminds  you of an army. Yes ,it is true. We are all part of the same army who fight to survive and who fight for better all the time. You are now familiar with some of the faces  that  you see every morning. Every face tells you something, they look into your eyes at least once which stimulates your and their  inner voices  early in the morning.

You are now at the stationwhich  is not very different form the street except it restricts people’s movements and makes them  push each other because of  the same worry or maybe fear they have.Unemployement!It is not so different if you drive, restrictions are everywhere. Pressure is on already before you  get to work.

Restrictions continue and get even worse at work, you  take endless orders whether you  like it or not. You  do what you   are told just like when you  were  taught when you  were  a child. You  meet  so many people from different cultures and different countries. They call it diversity which only works for big bosses’  bank account and brings them  more and more benefit. You need to tolerate all those differences regardless.

Your colleagues , some are genuine some are evil, but you  handle them ,well you have to. You are not even allowed to show your anger, are you? Most of them   die to control one  another and that makes you sick, but you still smile. You feel suppressed in everything you do.You know ,you are not the only one who feels that .Hierarchy bleeds all of you every day. The more people are suppressed the more they desire the  power to control  others .Endless fights for more power all and every day.

At the end of the day, you are on your way home, your legs are tired ,your  brain and your heart have been drained  by all those orders or maybe a little politely by all those requests. Your inner voice ,real you tells you that something is missing. You feel empty .Why?Because you have been banned from using your free will all day.Your existence is accepted only if you follow the rules.

That repeats every week day. What for? Just to earn some money to survive? You  go through that hell for five days to survive?  Really? No, no something is not right there.

In the modern society, none of us work  just  to survive .We all want more  and more money .Why?

Society recognises and identifies us  with what we  have. If you have a house in the city and another one by the beach and another one in abroad, if you have a luxury car of the best brand and a big company then you have a higher status than those who don’t have them. If you have a high status you have a power .If you have a power you have a voice.

What does power bring? When you have the power you can not be controlled .In fact ,the same society gives you right to make decisions on  behalf of those who have less money than you. Your voice is heard most.It is very clear that power brings more freedom.

Average person spends more than half of his life slaving at work to have more freedom.  He likes Fridays as he can do what he wants int the following two days as long as he affords. This is very important ,”as long as he affords”. His freedom is in his wallet. However he still enjoys the weekend .

Those who have enough freedom  to make the rules in society work even harder to stay in power all week. So they  like Fridays ,too. The weekends  are the only opportunity for them to have a break from the feeling of loss of what they have that brings them more freedom .

We all like Fridays as much as  we like freedoms.

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Comments
  1. Sunil says:

    I cannot find a better way to describe the automatism, and robotic nature to, at and from work -Monday to Friday
    Really good article… commendable.

  2. DiscoPiglet says:

    Perceptive article. While I was reading this I thought of Richard Sennett’s book ‘The Corrosion of Character’. See here for a summary

    http://pioneersofchange.net/library/books/tcoc/document_view

    …”One of his strong findings is that in today’s capitalism of flux and uncertainty it becomes increasingly difficult to shape and form your life as a narrative, as a continuous story, that has a plot, a long term purpose and a steady development of value. Because in systems praising flexibility and shorter time horizons (change is the name of the game), what people achieved yesterday is of little value today. Today is what counts. Sennett argues that “to fail to wrestle some sense of continuity and purpose out of these conditions would be literally to fail ourselves.” “

    • Malcolm says:

      Sefrew, another very perceptive article and insight, and by DiscoP, re-focused again by Sennett. Lovely to be in this loop of clarity, wonderful to read the sensitivity to our human condition.
      Historically, ‘Friday’ is the culmination of events, so many and so detached that it begs for some reflection. The generic answer is called the ‘labor movement’. But that is not one event or one organization of a finite group of individuals. It was countless un-named people that will never be remembered, countless battles that happened one day at a time. Someone got up that morning and ate a little something, washed it down with a drink, trudged down the road and with others that felt they had to fight together made it back home that night, if they were lucky.
      Burma, Wales, Birmingham, all strung together like soot soiled pearls to a necklace left in pawn shop, and we left with our ‘friday’ to wonder, “what’s next?”.

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