The worse thing about being unemployed–other than the lack of incoming revenue, which is definitely high on the radar because the outgoing debt just doesn’t quit–is that I think most people don’t even understand how many of the people they know they became acquainted with through work or some sort.
I also think that I understand why Americans work so much. Sure, many of us define ourselves by how much stuff that we have, so there’s that. There’s also the fact that everything is so damned expensive that it seems that there’s almost no option at times.
But more pertinently, I think that Americans work so much because–for the most part–having lost any sort of community with other people, work is all we have.