How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

a book by Sarah Jaffe
Event • London

The Time of Our Lives at the Institute of Art and Ideas Live

I joined IAI Live to talk about time–what it is, how we use it, how capitalism shapes it–alongside Ron Purser (Zen Priest, Business professor, author of McMindfulness) and John Paetsch (poet, philosopher).

Being is found in the present, for the moment of consciousness is all there is. Or so Zen Buddhist philosophy teaches. The moment of experience has also been central to western philosophy since Descartes, and the value of the ‘now’ currently fashionable from London to L.A..  Yet, as Marx argued, is not the point of life to change it for the better and not simply to contemplate it?

Does only the present exist and is embracing the present the path to truth and fulfilment? Or is this a dangerous fantasy, and the present an illusion, a distraction from the real task of creating the future?  Or can we give an account of time that that explains the uniqueness of the present and the sea of time that surrounds us?