At the end of every day I wish I didn't live in a world where I have to dedicate ~70% of my waking hours during the week to working on crap I don't truly care about just to put a roof over my head and food on the table.

@erellsworth something I've noticed is that most of the people I know who have the skills to be doing interesting things in their spare time are expected to work so many hours that they don't have any.

@highfellow This is exactly my problem. It drives me nuts. Literally. I'm constantly complaining about it to my therapist.

@erellsworth I mean that it is a problem in relation to life and society and other people, not a psychological problem.


@highfellow It is a psychological problem rooted in culture.

US American culture is obsessed with work. When you meet someone at a party, the first question they're likely to ask you is, "what do you do for a living?" We are too often defined by our jobs.

Meanwhile, the majority of jobs available are those society looks down on. Study hard kids or you'll end up working for Walmart! Meanwhile, retail work is the most common job in America.

And if you can't get a higher paying and/or more prestigious job, people constantly tell you it's due to some kind of character defect. You're just lazy, work harder!

So where does that leave us? With a country full of people defined by their jobs, working jobs they're told aren't important, that don't pay enough to provide a decent quality of life, and that can be taken away at any moment.

It's a perfect recipe for widespread depression and anxiety.

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@erellsworth the American Dream is that anyone can make it, but the American Reality is that not everyone can make it...

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