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A must-read for anyone who works for a living!,
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This review is from: Useful Work v. Useless Toil (Penguin Great Ideas) (Paperback)
As my title says this book really hits the spot and brings about that feeling you get on Monday mornings. knowing you have to get up and go to work. This book explains what brought about this day to day labouring process that we go through and where it is all heading, and will it indeed make our lives any better or more importantly, those of our grandchildren and the future generations.
The book is split into 3 essays, each focusing on a different area, one on the authors political views, another on the importance of the Arts and another focusing on the way in which we work and what we hope to achieve. Morris points out that past generation sought to work hard to enable to future generations to have an easier life and in the hope that these new generations would have more time for themselves to spend enjoying life, learning, travelling and generally making the most of what the world has to offer. He also points out how we, for some reason continue working (perhaps not so much physically) just as hard as our past generation, in poor conditions with low wages, spending overly long hours doing jobs that mean nothing and are totally unimportant to the world, and of course totally unsatisfactory to do.
This book really had me hooked after just a few memorable lines in the first essay, I enjoyed it thoroughly.