Eulogists of Work
the glorification of “work”
and the tireless talk of the “blessings of work”.
I find the same thought as behind the praise
of impersonal activity for the public benefit:
the fear of everything individual.
At bottom, one now feels when confronted
with work -- and what is invariably meant
is relentless industry from early till late -
that such work is the best police,
that it keeps everybody in harness
and powerfully obstructs the development
of reason, of covetousness, of the desire
for independence. For it uses up
a tremendous amount of nervous energy
and takes it away from reflection, brooding,
dreaming, worry, love, and hatred;
it always sets a small goal before one’s eyes
and permits easy and regular satisfactions.
In that way a society in which the members
continually work hard will have more security:
and security is now adored as
the supreme goddess. and now -- horrors! ---
it is precisely the “worker” who has
Dangerous individuals are swarming all around.
And behind them, the danger of dangers: the individual.