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Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend

"The identity crisis...seems to occur for lack of, and be cured by finding, the work, or cause, or purpose that evokes [man's] own creativity. Some never find it, for it does not come from busy-work or punching a time clock. It does not come from just making a living, working by formula, finding a secure spot as an organization man. The very argument...that man no longer finds identity in the work defined as a paycheck job, assumes that identity for man comes through creative work of his own that contributes to the human community: the core of the self becomes aware, becomes real, and grows through work that carries forward human society."
- Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

Posted April 1, 2004 7:01 AM | On This Day: 2003

 

8 Comments

For a book about feminism, it sure has a lot of references to men. ;-)

I don't remember Mystique saying that in any X-Men comic I ever read.

hrm, never read that book, but it seems to describe pretty accurately why I can't keep a job.

Immense harm is done by the belief that work is virtuous. - Betrand Russell, In Pursuit of Happiness

(Russell favored a four-hour work day.)

don't open your eyes you won't like what you see
the devils of truth steal the souls of the free
don't open your eyes take it from me
i have found
you can find
happiness in slavery
happiness in slavery

(nine inch nails)

betty is such a brilliant author. I had to read it in school. It would be interesting to read again, in the context of my life now...

Have you seen Eternal Sunshine of the Sortless Mind?

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Walter Gretzky had a son,
he grew up to be the great one
He came from Brantford, Ontario;
he liked Gordie Howe you know

Americans don't understand,
the national sport of the northland
The worlds best game they're always dissin
but they don't know what they are missin

If they just watched Wayne Gretzky play
Then they'd watch hockey every day
Actually I like the hawks
But boy oh boy Wayne Gretzky rawks

-- The Pursuit of happiness - from the album "Where's The Bone?"