Joyless and Deadly

Charles Payne
Posted: Aug 13, 2014 12:01 AM
Joyless and Deadly

The headlines of bored federal workers spending up to eight hours per day watching porn at work points to the problem of a bloated government with little or no accountability.

Porn-surfing feds blame boredom, lack of work for misbehavior

Washington Times
July 31, 2014

The Washington Times reported a number of government agencies that were abusing taxpayer’s funds through this behavior. According to Pete Seep, EVP of the National Taxpayers Union, “This is apparently something that's a pervasive problem throughout several federal agencies."

According to a Gallup survey, 71% of workers feel disengaged from their jobs, which could have a negative impact on businesses. Although, it is unlikely that one could get away with spending up to eight straight hours of porn-surfing, there's no doubt that worker productivity would take a massive hit. Yet, it is with the unemployed and the underemployed where boredom has dramatically impacted lives.

  • Status
  • Work Satisfaction
  • Novelty
  • Habituation

He later admitted that his book neglected the idle poor and the unoccupied youth. In addition to those categories, he included the long-term unemployed or the unemployable, for which boredom is not a minor nuisance. For those who suffer from chronic boredom, Scitovsky explained:

A malady as terrible as starvation, and one that can have fatal consequences. In the absence of skills for relieving boredom in a harmless way, it is easy to revert to the excitement of violence and vandalism.

Scitovsky later stressed the civilizing role of education to making life more pleasant and enjoyable.

Recently, a Gallup poll showed high school students were ‘bored and tired’ while in school, rather than being happy or challenged. I am not sure of the make-up of the Gallup Poll, but I'd bet that if the poll were taken in poorer neighborhoods ‘bored and tired’ would rate much higher, along with pressure, confusion, anger, and fear than in wealthy neighborhoods. How else can one explain this new phenomenon called ‘Fire Challenge?’ It is usually done in a bathtub or near a swimming pool, teenagers and young adults douse themselves with a flammable liquid, most often fingernail polish remover, and set themselves on fire.

I understand there is a sense of bravado associated with social media that did not exist in the past, but there were times when waves of madness swept the nation: the depression of the 70s saw the popularity of Russian roulette featured in the 1978 movie, 'Deer Hunter.' A robust economy is the substitute for hope and hopelessness. It provides real opportunities and the kind of distractions that yield better lives.

Yesterday's Session

The way the market closed was not pretty as the Dow held on for dear life in an attempt to finish the session in the plus column. I will take it as a moral victory. We are in a stretch now that requires more patience and a check on emotions.