Do we know what kind of life we want?


I just finished reading Joanne B. Ciulla’s book The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Work.

I’d selected it with the intention of finding a useful quote for something I’m working on, but wound up reading it cover to cover.

It’s excellent. So usefully critical and written with personality and lightness of touch.

It could almost be a prologue to Escapology. Look at this piece of the epilogue:



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3 Responses to “Do we know what kind of life we want?”

  1. Spoonman says:

    Thank you for the suggestion, I’m putting this on my must-read list. I agree 100% with everything the author said.

    My personal opinion is that many people simply can’t overcome the effect of Status Anxiety. If they are not worried about impressing the Joneses next door, they’ll worry about impressing their families. It’s a very strong effect.

  2. Xaime says:

    Thank you for this fantastic piece Robert!, great read, so many truths.

  3. You’re probably right. Status Anxiety is a big thing governing our actions. “Whatever will people think?!”

    That work book is a good one. It’s specifically about the history and evolution of work culture and labor rather than escape but, as I say, it’s very critical and makes excellent points.

    Remember to get the New Escapologist book too, Spoonman!

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