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Why do we work so hard? | 1843

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The pleasure lies partly in flow, in the process of losing oneself in a puzzle with a solution on which other people depend. The sense of purposeful immersion and exertion is the more appealing given the hands-on nature of the work: top professionals are the master craftsmen of the age, shaping high-quality, bespoke products from beginning to end. We design, fashion, smooth and improve, filing the rough edges and polishing the words, the numbers, the code or whatever is our chosen material. At the end of the day we can sit back and admire our work — the completed article, the sealed deal, the functioning app — in the way that artisans once did, and those earning a middling wage in the sprawling service-sector no longer do.

Posted on April 3, 2016








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