Sunday, November 20, 2016

The second is pleasant and highly paid

From In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays (1935) by Bertrand Russell. Ch. 1: In Praise of Idleness
First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Not necessarily true but perhaps generally true. Certainly a reflection of the migration from a manufacturing and agriculture economy to a services economy.

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