Leisure – Legacy of Industrial Revolution
What is Leisure – Legacy of Industrial Revolution?
Leisure is the time when you are not working or doing other activities other than your routine work. Maybe we did not have the idea of leisure time before the start of the industrial revolution. So, we can say that the idea of leisure time got prominence after the industrial revolution.
The Industrial Revolution started first in England in 1780. Before the industrial revolution, the way of life of people were very simple. They engaged in agriculture or manufacturing or trading activities. Their working life was not in the stereotypical framework of 9 am to 6 pm. Working normally in the time frame of 9 am to 6 pm is the legacy of the industrial revolution.
In the pre-industrial era, people were working in agriculture, or the manufacturing sector according to their own timings and suitability. For example, it was observed that the artisans were doing their activities in their own houses or guilds. They were doing their working activities with their emotional involvement. For them, personal life and working life was not different for them. So, they were enjoying their work.
But after the industrial revolution, as Karl Marx maintained, workers were more and more alienated from their work. They became like machines. They did not have an emotional attachment to their work. For them, it was a routine boring job. They wanted freedom from this routine boring job to rejuvenate their body and mind. This led to the development of the idea of leisure time.
To conclude, as there is more and more industrialisation, there will be more and more need of leisure time to rejuvenate our minds and soul.