Work has been infused with beliefs about self-actualization

Date created: 2022-07-14

The office was never designed to give us transcendence or fulfillment beyond earning an honest wage.

The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a means of material production to a means of identity production. They failed to anticipate that, for the poor and middle class, work would remain a necessity; but for the college-educated elite, it would morph into a kind of religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community. Call it workism.