Busy, yes, realizing our potential in modern society

A …group of economists challenges the Keynesian presumption that leisure is preferable to labor. In the view of Edward Phelps of Columbia University, a career provides “most, if not all of the attainable self-realization in modern societies.” ¬†Richard Freedman, of Harvard, is, if possible more emphatic. ¬†“Hard work is the only way forward,” he writes. ” There is so much to learn and produce and improve that we should not spend more than a dribble of time living as if we were in Eden. ¬†Grandchildren, keep trucking.”

From “No Time: How did we get so busy,” the book review column, The New Yorker, May 26, 2014, by Elizabeth Kolbert

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