Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.

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Hasnain says:

This is something that I've also noticed is becoming more prevalent across America, and especially so in the bay area.

While it starts with the oft-repeated Keynes quote about people living luxurious lives and not having to work, it goes into depth about *why* americans feel the need to over-work, discussing society, religion, politics and law.

Choice quote:

"On a deeper level, Americans have forgotten an old-fashioned goal of working: It’s about buying free time. The vast majority of workers are happier when they spend more hours with family, friends, and partners, according to research conducted by Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. In one study, she concluded that the happiest young workers were those who said around the time of their college graduation that they preferred careers that gave them time away from the office to focus on their relationships and their hobbies."

Posted on 2019-02-24T18:57:01+0000