“There is ample evidence that our relationship to work is out of whack. Economists, psychologists and sociologists have charted our ballooning work hours; the increase in time devoted to competitive shopping; the commercialization of leisure that turns fun into work and requires military-scale budgeting and logistics and emotionally draining interactions with service personnel. . . . Ours is a society that pegs status to over-achievement; we can’t help admiring workaholics.”
-Judith Shulevitz, New York Times, article 2003.
Our culture has lots of perspectives on work, but what should our relationship be with work? Is it just to pay the bills? Is it where we find our identity and security? The Teacher in Ecclesiastes has some very helpful wisdom and insight into the role of work in our lives and society.