A penetrating review of a parenting style perhaps gone awry. The article describes a shift from work as a means of gaining time for pursuits outside the workplace, toward a focus of work itself as the primary vehicle for self-actualization.
While helpful to see how this permeates the younger generations (alas, Millennials get singled out yet again), my sense is the overall shift toward knowledge-based work these past several decades is a key underpinning. I see what the author calls “workism” across all ages, and have been a poster child myself at times …. arguably going back to my first job delivering newspapers at age 10.
Nicky Loh / Reuters In his 1930 essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek in the 21st century, creating the equivalent of a five-day weekend. “For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent […]