As we know, if I watched television and went to church then I would understand the culture I live in and I would be better equipped to defend myself against it. Now I have discovered by chance another element in the education of our Reeducators:
See, we were raised on 1980s movies and sitcoms, and the “cold, unfeeling grownup who works too hard” was the villain in half of them. The whole point of these “body switching” comedies — where a kid winds up in the body of a grownup — was that the career-driven workaholic dad learned what life was really all about. The message was clear: If you work too hard, you’ll lose your soul.
The characters who worked their asses off were shown to be stiff prudes who come down on the lighthearted main character with an iron fist. Or maybe that person is the main character, but by the end they realize that the only way to truly enjoy life is to lighten up and embrace their inner child. They finally stand up and quit their grindstone job in a hail of applause, and live a life of stress free bliss.
So that was another reason why professional success was considered symptomatic of “dysfunction,” “being out of touch with yourself,” and so on. My degree of amazement increases more and more. Read the whole thing at Cracked.com.