Unintentional cruelty

For many years I have been a subscriber to Flying Solo and read with interest today's lead article, 'There are no downsides'.  I totally agree with the editor Sam Leader, but was curious to know if she had read the article in The Australian Magazine on the weekend about Alain de Botton's new book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. In this article, he argues that one of the main reasons to work is to put food on the table (something we're reminded of more acutely in tough economic times) and that telling people that everyone can find deeply satisfying work is a "weird way in which optimism and kindness slips over into unintentional cruelty". He does acknowledge that it's a sad insight but it is true – not everyone is going to find their dream job. If you have found it, stick at it – and enjoy it!

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