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What working a decent job means is slowing losing ground, as we are not deriving meaning from our work.
Having a job means getting paid for our talents, but it may not be the case for many. Work ethic is supposed to provide us a good life, but in reality, the opposite is happening.
Most workers rely on the whims and fancies of the so-called 'Job Creators', a class of people who own a business and can employ staff. Job creators hold power on the worker's time, behavior and conditions of employment.
These employers also monitor and sanction what workers post on social media, what they eat or drink, how frequently and for how long are they going to the bathroom, and what are their political leanings.
Even as we see that work is not providing us with what it promises, we find that it never did, throughout history. Work has never fulfilled the expectations that we seem to now have for it, as it inherently is miserable.
Society has always been biased towards hard-working people and those with great work ethic, but the very foundation is now collapsing.
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