“Do What You Love” – A Trojan Horse in the Value of Work?

James Shelley on the notion that valuable work is work that we love, and the detrimental affect this privileged ideal might have on our values beyond work, and our ability to derive meaning and satisfaction from the jobs that we, often by necessity, do.

Maybe the point of work is to work. And maybe the more we respect work as work, the more we will appreciate our interdependence. And maybe, just maybe, if work is respected, then workers, too, might be appreciated as more than minion cogs in a vast machine, slavishly working to provide a handful of ‘creative’ people the opportunity to believe employment is only meaningful if it is also a passion.