It’s not hard to believe that people in the right environment can work hard and adjust their perspective to enjoy their work. The part I think is delusional is saying “every person” can. If it keeps you warm at night to imagine that every person—no matter their socioeconomic circumstances, family commitments, job prospects, health, and so on—can break the yoke of abusive business purely by hard work and gumption, then we disagree fundamentally.
We live in a country where, though productivity is increasing, wages are stagnating. Where education costs and health-care costs and childcare costs are going through the roof. Where we are so saturated with bullshit jobs (http://strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/) that it can often be hard to tell which job you’ll stand a chance at finding fulfilling and which job fulfillment will be an impossibility.
52% of American are unhappy with their work. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/06/20/most-americans-are-unhappy-at-work/#24efbb825862) Fifty-two percent. Do you think that literally hundreds of millions of Americans just have an attitude and aren’t working hard enough.
You don’t have to worry about me: I’ve already found a job I love, and I’ll be doing it forever. But put yourselves in the shoes of someone struggling to survive and support their family, while also being exploited by their job. How do you handle that?