For Want of Water, Wealth and Happiness – Your Weekend Must Read Articles Reply

waterscarcitySome very good reads are found in this weekend’s papers.  If you have not yet had a chance to open the pages, here are three recommendations I genuinely enjoyed.

  • FT Troubled Waters.  The FT is running some insight instalments about nearing water pressures.  Where will we get enough fresh water and what are the larger consequences of changing our natural environment when people not only drink t the water, but also eat the fish and water their crops too.

    Troubled Waters discusses the Mekong River and just a few days earlier this article about A World Without Enough Water also ran.  Both are important and worth your time.

  • International NYT ran Love People, Not Pleasure.  A short but effective explanation of why happiness and unhappiness are not exactly opposite poles on the same continuum.  How, then, can we find that elusive life of happiness and not giving into our base desires?  The title, of course, points us toward an answer.
  • And four something counterintuitive to public opinion, we have Income Equality Is Not rising globally. It’s Falling.

I hope you enjoy

Why You Hate Work – NYTimes.com 1

THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.Increasingly, this experience is common not just to middle managers, but also to top executives.

The above quote comes from a superb article in this weekend’s NYT.  One of the must-read articles of the weekend.  While I broadly put myself into the category of technology lover, this article brilliantly combines the consequences of humans using of technology with changing norms and competitiveness in the workplace.  I won’t spoil it for you….but the picture is not pretty.  I believe the argument here is absolutely spot on.

Here is a little bit more.

Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night.

via Why You Hate Work – NYTimes.com.