By R. Glasser
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But the work has to be done for the "good" of society. ' The further implication was that there would be a natural 'rightness' about the ways in which the individual would employ his leisure to fulfil himself. What this 'rightness' would tum out to be and how one would be able to judge the value to the individual of these leisure activities was left unclear. In some preordained way, the 'natural' goodness in man would see to it that leisure time would be used for individually beneficial purposes for the fuller realisation of the nobility within each person, the 'natural' goodness, the upward-striving 'balance' with which each person was believed to be endowed.
Accordingly, one can take the advertisement quoted above as symptomatic of an attitude, among adults, that likes to play with toys as a means of pushing time away. Who could have said that the struggle for social betterment, 1 With acknowledgements to Phonographic Equipment (Distributors) Ltd, marketing the Mini-Sega Fruit Machine. 40 the fierce industrial and political battles of the last hundred or so years, were justified - if the result is a situation in which life held so little that people could be wooed by the prospect of playing at dead of night with their personal one-arm bandit?
I will return to this point. Again, in my reference to basic class-war aims, I do not imply that the class-war is over for the entire population of even the most advanced countries. Even if the proportion of the deeply under-privileged on the poverty line is lower than it has been since the Industrial Revolution, there is still the fear that the 53 pitfalls of economic management, supra-national as they are, may once again engulf great masses of people as in the world depression before the Second World War.
Leisure: Penalty or Prize? by R. Glasser