The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
The most dangerous tradition we hold about work is that it must be serious and meaningless. We believe that we’re paid money to compensate us for work not worthwhile on its own. People who are paid the most are often the most confused, for they know in their hearts how little meaning there is in what they do, for others and for themselves. While money provides status, status doesn’t guarantee meaning. They’re paid well because of how poorly work compensates their souls. Some people don’t have souls, of course, but they’re beyond the scope of this book. Among those with souls and high-paying but empty jobs, there’s a denial of how what they seek is hard to get in the way they’re trying to get it.