“Of all things, hard work has become a virtue instead of the curse it was always advertised to be by our remote ancestors. Our children should be prepared to bring their children up so they won’t have to work as a neurotic necessity. The necessity to work is a neurotic symptom. It is a crutch. It is an attempt to make oneself feel valuable even though there is no particular need for one’s working.”
–discussion in a 1940s Psychiatry magazine
You make shoes for women, you clean people’s teeth, you teach driving (with your own brakes), you run a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, you sell houses, you pray with people, you clean corpses, you review ballet, you pick fruit (you are spiritual, oppressed), you invent products seen on TV, you manage a second-rate drugstore with dusty shampoo bottles, you answer phones at a prison, you clean hotel rooms (for cheap, nasty guests), you collect garbage on the beach, you tweet for a celebrity, you are a line cook, a prep cook, a rebellious chef, you sell herbs at a Farmers’ Market, you drive a bus, you translate, you dictate, you fight wars, you mix drinks (switching bars often), you recycle batteries, you take passport-sized photos, you sell socks at the airport, you repair refrigerators, you deliver babies in bath tubs, you write warranties, you hang rope-swings over rivers for people who like to take chances.
Image is/was “Hasty Entrenchment,’ gouache on paper, by Frederic Remington (1861-1909)