Alain de Botton in Issue 5

The strangest thing about the world of work isn’t the long hours we put in or the fancy machines we use to get it done; take a step back and perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of the work scene is in the end psychological rather than economic or industrial. It has to do with our attitudes to work, more specifically the widespread expectation that our work should make us happy, that it should be at the centre of our lives and our expectations of fulfilment. The first question we tend to ask of new acquaintances is not where they come from or who their parents were, but what they do. Here is the key to someone’s identity and esteem. It seems hard to imagine being able to feel good about yourself or knowing who you were without having work to get on with.

Alain de Botton kindly granted us an interview for Issue Five. We posted a little excerpt at the School of Life blog.

Issue 5 is now available to pre-order at the shop.

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Robert Wringham is a humorist and the editor-in-chief of New Escapologist.

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