I am reading Victor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Page 107 of my edition (2006) says the following:
” . . . progressive automation will probably lead to an enormous increase in the leisure hours available to the average worker. The pity of it is that many of these will not know what to do with all their newly acquired free time.”
The question for me is did Frankl include this in the original edition of his book, released in 1959. I have found a pdf of a 1986 edition that contains the observation. Did the book’s progenitor, From Death Camps to Existentialism include the notion? If so, this train of thought goes much further back than I imagined.