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The changing nature of work, leisure and involvement in society: Some possible ideas from an old philosopher

People tend to be happier in more egalitarian societies. Most people, including those with mental disorders, tend to benefit from taking part in activities which contribute to society. People benefit mentally from feeling that they have a say in decisions which affect their lives. Advances in robotics and the de-skilling of labour will decrease the opportunities for people to gain satisfaction from economic employment. “The organization of society in such a way as to maximise health by encouraging health equality cannot, of course, be brought about simply by philosophical argument” Guha (2014) but Aristotle’s writings at least suggest a philosophic framework upon which an alternative form of society might be built.