Here a bunch of people explain why I love France much better than I could:
This lineup of comments arose in response to a Roger Cohen column finding — Surprise! — that France is inferior to the USA because we have an admirable “culture of risk” and they have just a tacky old “nanny state”.
Here’s a book that provides a bit of background on the whole question of living to enjoy vs living to work.
As late as the 1970s lots of people looked forward to a gradual decrease of the workweek in the USA (while earning the same pay), due to the promise of more automation primarily. I never heard anyone then say that anticipating that prospect with pleasure was unAmerican. Now I bet some folks who stumble on this blog will think that. I respectfully submit to you the possibility that you have been propagandized on this point over the last 30 years.
I liked the idea of more leisure just fine, personally. I don’t know about you, but I have lots of interests, and I would like as much time as possible to pursue them — such as would be provided by the much-maligned French 35-hour work week, for example.
All I can add to the above is this:
“Dear Reader of this Blog (the vast majority of you who have to spend your whole lives working for a living): This is your one and only life! Is being an optimum worker bee really the highest and best purpose you can imagine for it?”