“Okay, say you go into the break room, and a couple people you like are there, say someone’s telling a funny story, you laugh a little, you feel included, everyone’s so funny, you go back to your desk with a sort of, I don’t know, I guess afterglow would be the word? You go back to your desk with an afterglow, but then by four or five o’clock the day’s just turned into yet another day, and you go on like that, looking forward to five o’clock and then the weekend and then your two or three annual weeks of paid vacation time, day in day out, and that’s what happens to your life.”
(from “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel)

“If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.” Dostoevsky

  • Peter: “Hopefully soon it’ll lead to a real job with him.”
  • Ned: “That’d be so sweet. He’d be all, ‘good job on those spreadsheets, Peter, here’s a gold coin’…I don’t know how jobs work.”
  • Peter: “That’s exactly how they work.”

(from Spider-man:Homecoming)

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9 Responses to Toads

  1. fatjacques says:

    Are you looking ?


  2. Interesting collection of thoughts! I’m not sure we can all find great work, but life is definitely to short to do work that doesn’t bring a sense of value and purpose!


  3. Paul Hollingworth says:

    According to Herzberg “Idleness, indifference and irresponsibility are healthy responses to absurd work”.


  4. gimpo says:

    Licking toads again?


  5. jaqueslecont says:

    I think it’s time to have a discussion about Systems Thinking and Universal Basic Income.


  6. GeeCee says:

    Unfortunately in life people don’t always get what they want 😦


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