The purpose of machines is to do work so we don’t have to, correct? This makes sense logically, but as technology advances we find ourselves working more. In truth, we could meet our basic needs working a few hours a day. Most people don’t like working, so why does this culture of overwork persist? Why is work glorified and leisure deemed wasteful and immoral?
Nobel Prize winning philosopher Bertrand Russell answers these questions and pleads for reform in his remarkable and recommended essay, In Praise of Idleness. Russell’s writing style is superb. He makes his case with logic and historic examples. Whether you agree or not, this essay will make you reexamine work and its role in your life.