While the politicians rant on about losing jobs to cheap overseas labour, the real truth about losing jobs keeps on rolling ever forwards and that is the expansion of robotics at the expense of labour.
In the future there will be four types of work: manual routine work such as working robots in a factory, manual non routine such as emptying bedpans and then cognitive routine would keeping track of inventory and finally the cognitive non routine such as advertising or doctors or lawyers. Whether it is Canada, the US or Mexico or China the automation process will move into high gear.
What is this going to mean? One of our most basic needs is to create food and shelter, at the other end of the scale is self actualisation which means doing what you like best as well as you can> Unfortunately the current wave of global anger is focussed on unfair trade deals. This anger is real and is likely to become very destructive as autocratic politicians grab hold of opportunities for power and manipulate the population with only fear based solutions. This ultimately will self destruct as society becomes even more divided between the haves and the have nots. Along with it is a lot of hate and violence. Those areas with high unemployment have high crime and addiction problems, reflecting the helplessness of the people.
In anger management learning to control anger is only the first step. Beyond that requires a capability to re invent oneself. The brain has to focus on creating something new rather than just surviving. A man waiting in a space of helpless “angst” will perpetuate his anger. A man who can ask himself the difficult question of “What do I have to do to move out of this place?” will replace his anger with sense of personal accomplishment.
Source: New Yorker