Goons are the second category. They’re people who work in an industry that is only necessary because there are other people like them. You don’t need a corporate lawyer unless somebody else has a corporate lawyer. Another example is telemarketers: you only need them if your competitors have them. A lot of PR, advertising, and lobbying involves goon-like behavior: There’s an element of aggression. A lot of people in this category wrote and said, you know, our jobs are ridiculous and contribute nothing to society. Most corporate lawyers seem to secretly feel this.
It is innate in human to fantasize about past being better. That is why nostalgia is no longer a disease.
Back then, life along the Shannon, with plentiful supplies of fish, berries, elk, roots, fowl, deer, nuts, grubs and other goodies must have been quite pleasant. Even today on the marginal lands where some hunter-gatherers continue to live, life has been described by anthropologists as “leisurely”. Apparently it is common to sit in the shade beneath a tree listening to, or telling, some saga of adventure and only stirring oneself when conditions for hunting are optimal, in short an excellent work-life balance.
This is yet another needull on how long you should spend at the workplace. This article specifically talks about the world of academia. While corporate people think life in academia is relatively easy, most likely it is a case of grass being greener on the other side.
Wenkel warns lab members that long hours can actually hamper their work. “Efficiency has a bell-shaped curve,” he says. “Once you’ve reached that maximum, things can start to fail because you aren’t as focused.” He says that he has sent clearly fatigued lab members home to rest. Duffy says that she’s personally experienced the phenomenon of diminishing returns. “At some point, you make enough errors that you would be better off not working,” she says.