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I definitely wanted and still want Retsuko to move past her soul-sucking job.
Her billionaire boyfriend is right that she shouldn’t be there, but he wasn’t emotionally attentive to her needs. I think you can be intellectually right, and still emotionally wrong. The latter is really important for getting people to accept your policies.
I also agree that automation has the potential to free people up for more creative tasks, but that’s not an inevitability. I worry about automation talk that doesn’t address the riches potential to use it to expand their grasp on power. Tadano was utopian in his thinking, and I didn’t see him address the emotional reality that the selfishness of the rich will be a problem in dismantling the institution of work.
Thank you for your comment. I love Aggresuko.