Because a job affords me resources that are unavailable otherwise. While I can do some good locally for a short time through volunteering at local non-profits, I can have a large effect providing consulting services to research agencies.KlangFool wrote: ↑Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:24 pmMathWizard,MathWizard wrote: ↑Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:17 pmCertainly to provide for my family, and to continue to do so in retirement.
I once had a college class where the instructor said "Suppose I
offered to guarantee you a B in the class with the provision that you no longer attend. How many would take me up on the offer?
Quite a few hands went up. (not mine though).
He then said that those who raised their hand were either wanting an A, or just wanted to get through the course, not to learn anything. He suggested that the latter re-examine why they were taking the class. He then went in to start the first lecture.
I think to that this is analagous to your question. Suppose someone guaranteed you the necessities. Would you then work?
I would, to the extent that I could make the world a better place.
When I no longer could do a good job, I would quit.
Why do you need a job to make the world a better place? There are many other ways to make the world a better place.
Research into new technologies I'd the one way we can improve conditions for everyone. New ways of feeding people, new treatments for ailments, increased efficiencies in energy, modelling for effects of policy changes in response to changes in climate. I have worked directly with researchers in these areas to increase their productivity.
I can only do that in my current job, or a similar one. Outside of this position, I would have little influence. I never felt that I had the resources to start my own company, so I need to work within the structure that my company provides.