Thursday, October 30, 2014

Working Out the Meaning of ‘Meaningful’ Work

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 30th, 2014



Many educators and scholars, in essays like this one, have already denounced the “do what you love” mantra (or, as its known in its abbreviated form, DWYL). Miya Tokumitsu criticized it as an elitist battle cry and a classist whisper.
The objections raised in those essays may appeal to leftists who abhor the idea of a world in which we all walk around grinning and saying “I love my job.” They question the expectation that work should be a source of pleasure. But the idea that work is inherently displeasing -- or provides the worker disutility (to borrow a phrase from classical political economist Jeremy Bentham and from microeconomics textbooks everywhere) -- is equally troubling.


Many educators and scholars, in essays like this one, have already denounced the “do what you love” mantra (or, as its known in its abbreviated form, DWYL). Miya Tokumitsu criticized it as an elitist battle cry and a classist whisper.
The objections raised in those essays may appeal to leftists who abhor the idea of a world in which we all walk around grinning and saying “I love my job.” They question the expectation that work should be a source of pleasure. But the idea that work is inherently displeasing -- or provides the worker disutility (to borrow a phrase from classical political economist Jeremy Bentham and from microeconomics textbooks everywhere) -- is equally troubling.
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