“Since men live now, badly as they live, when so many people do not produce at all, and when so much work is wasted, it is clear that, under conditions where all produced and no work was wasted, not only would every one work with certain hope of regaining a due share of wealth by his work, but also it could not miss his due share of rest. (…) When class robbery is abolished, every man will reap the fruit of his labour, every man will have two rest – leisure, that is. Some socialists might say we need not go any further than this; it is enough that the worker should get the full produce of his work, and that he is rest should be abundant. But though the composition of man’s tyranny is thus abolished, I yet demand compensation for the compulsion of Nature’s necessity. As long as the work is repulsive it will still be a burden which must be taken up daily, and even so would mar our life, even though the hours of labour were short. What we want to do is to add to our wealth without diminishing our pleasure. Nature will not be finally conquered till our work becomes a part of the pleasure of our lives.”

Useful Work v. Useless Toil, W. MORRIS

Cedric