The Culture of Busyness: If You Stopped Being a Human Doing, Who Would You Be?

We live in a culture that approves of busyness. Our country was founded on the Protestant Work Ethic, also referred to as the Puritan Work Ethic, which emphasizes that a person’s work ethic, frugality and discipline represent their closesness to God. Similarly, the American dream espouses that if you work hard in America, you can be anything you want and achieve anything you set your mind to. The tenets of these philosophies are at the heart of American capitalism and morality. If we aren’t busy, we must be … lazy. Humans like to be productive. It feels good to accomplish something. We experience an intrinsic reward in overcoming a challenge, learning something new, or just getting s*hit don

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