Have we traded helping for hustle?

Has everything as an economic transaction instead of a community helping each other?

“Not making enough money? Start a side hustle!” That’s a chorus on many areas of the internet. While I think bootstrapping a business is certainly a thing for some, it feels like we’re losing community.

Is the side hustle so we can hire a painter instead of help our brother, sister, cousin, or friend paint?

Is the side hustle so we can pay an Uber to take us to the airport instead of have a close friend drop us off?

Is the side hustle so that we can go out to eat with someone else cooking for us, instead of heading to a neighbor’s house for dinner who you exchange meals with frequently?

Is the “side hustle” culture a breakdown of community?

I’m not sure, but I’m going to think about it deeper and you should too.