In this article, published in New York Times: The Opinion Pages, Tim Kreider argues that in the 21st Century America everyone is busy and this is considered to be a good thing. However, according to the author this is a self-imposed business that gives people an illusion of thinking that they are useful and society needs them. This is nothing more than an illusion and Kreider as a solution to this problem offers the answer of Arthur C. Clarke: to give everyone a basic income so that no one feels forced to work and have more free time. Kreider remarks that life is too short to spend all of it working. He also believes that there should also be plenty of time to enjoy life and engage in pleasurable activities that give people incentives to be happy.
This article is online at: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/.