I would welcome a cure to my schizophrenia but I have had bad enough experiences with work place environments that I never want to hold another job again. I used to vomit from anxiety probably 50 percent of the time when I went into work customer service jobs. The only job I didn’t do this was my janitor job. But then, I didn’t work around crowds and I had to see my boss only once a day. Yet, good luck finding a job that doesn’t involve working with crowds or office politics nonsense even with a college degree.
I would be completely content to be where I had to be around the same group of people day after day and only rarely interact with others outside my work team. Almost no jobs like that exist anymore. A significant number of jobs will likely be taken over by machines within the next ten to fifteen years. I have tried to tell people this for several years now. But almost no one listens or if they do they tell me I am a liar. The future is coming my friends. These jobs, at least the ones we fight over now, will be going away. And there isn’t anything even populist politicians or professional Luddites can do to stop it. Sure, they can delay the inevitable. But it will only put their individual businesses and nations at a competitive disadvantage and make the transition to a largely automated economy a lot tougher than it has to be.
Some people think I’m crazy or hopeless dreamer or a liar when I tell them this. I am not stupid. I am just ahead of the curve. And being forced out of the workforce because of my schizophrenia meant that I was forced to find a different way to define myself than what I did for money. But, in many ways, I am thankful I was forced to redefine myself at age 25 as opposed to age 45 with a family and a mortgage. I went through my identity crisis when I was still young, flexible, and physically healthy. It would be much tougher now that I’m 39 years old if I got laid off from a job because a machine can do it faster and more precise than I ever could. The future is happening. It just isn’t evenly distributed. Changes are coming hard and fast in the next ten to twenty years, even more so than they are now. It is time to stop denying it and adapt.