Sensing a theme? Wealth is merely the ability to get things that we want. Since most of us are not independently wealthy, we have to work to create things that other people want in order to get what we want. The most common way to do this since the dawn of the industrial revolution has been to work for someone who needs human labor to accomplish some end–an end that is valued by consumers.
... The point is, our goal should never be to “create jobs”. Our goal should be to enable people to contribute something valued by other people. The value is the point, not the work. If someone finds a way to provide value to hundreds of millions of people and it requires no more effort from them than batting their eyelashes, that would be a win.
... the forward march of technology has made it very difficult for people who have traditionally had low-skill or even middle-skill occupations to contribute value.
Words have meaning, so let's sure we use the right ones. We need to find more ways for more low-skill and medium-skill workers to contribute value. We don't just need jobs.