"... We do, however, have a love/hate relationship to work, and for many millions of peoplework does indeed resemble punishment. It can be a merciless, soul-shriveling drudgery; empty, repetitious, physically depleting, and mentally exhausting. **** Work without joy **** is death by a thousand commutes. One hundred and fifty years ago, Dostoevsky described the effects of dispiriting labor: "To crush, to annihilate a man utterly, to inflict on him the most terrible of punishments so that the most ferocious murderer would shudder at it and dread it beforehand, one need only give him work of an absolutely, completely useless and irrational character."
In Dostoevsky's view, being underutilized was worse than torture. Indeed, doing something for years that you don't want to do, something that does not feed the spirit, is, in at least one regard,*** worse than slavery ***...."
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Work without joy is death by a thousand commutes.
Work without joy shall be as nothing.
One person strives with persistent diligence for a carefree and comfortable earth-life, another with pertinacious diligence for power and respect, and with laborious diligence a third does his everyday work without joy.
Those who work without joy regress.
Those who enjoy work can know success!"
a world in which all will have an equal duty to work, equal joy from their work, and no joy
without work and no work without joy. Indeed, may work itself be a joy!!"