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Most of us don’t like our jobs very much. We don’t do them to contribute to something great or because they give us pleasure. We do them because we have to. We were born into a world where money is necessary if we want to live indoors, and the only way apparent for non-gentry to earn money is through labour. It’s as simple as that.


Asked for a promotional item for the Penguin UK website (Escape Everything! is not quite a Penguin book, but thanks to a recent distribution deal it’s at least one of Penguin’s extended family), I wrote this.

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Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

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