"There is one difference between 'labour' and other elements that conventional economics doesn't have a means to represent or give weight to but is nevertheless unavoidably present in the world: the fact that labour feels pain and pleasure.
When production lines grow prohibitively expensive, these may be switched off and will not cry at the seeming injustice of their fate. A business can move from using coal to natural gas without the neglected energy source walking off a cliff. But labour has a habit of meeting attempts to reduce its price or presence with emotion. It sobs in toilet cubicles, it drinks to ease its fears of under-achievement and it may choose death over redundancy."
And this: "The most remarkable feature of the modern workplace has nothing to do with computers, automation or globalisation. It lies in the widely held belief that our work should make us happy. All societies have had work right at their centre; ours is the first to suggest that work could be something other than a punishment or penance."
Morrisey summed it up nicely: "I was looking for a job and then I found a job/And heaven knows I'm miserable now ..." Basically you lose, employed or not. My goal for years has just been to find the least miserable-making job I can get; today I looked the fact that I'll probably never be anything other than mediocre in the face and it didn't do much to lighten an already gloomy day. Gotta rely on art for that - hope Jordi Savall has really got it happening tonight, as I need whatever cheering up my ill got gains can provide.