Should Work Be Passion, or Duty?

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Source: Firmin DeBrabander
Affiliation: The New York Times

In this article, Firmin DeBrabander points out that, as factors like productivity and quality of life increase, other countries are working less and enjoying more leisure time, while Americans curiously work more. Research shows Americans especially value achieving their career-related passion. This attitude is not only unrealistic but also harmful. Citing the stoic philosopher Seneca, DeBrabander argues that this mindset is oppressive, and that, rather than pursuing ambiguous and unattainable dreams, Americans should turn their attention to what is possible and where they can make an impact.

Keywords: Burnout , Happiness , Meaning , Meaning of Work , Philosophy , Stoicism