We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That was precisely my reaction. And I never got the impression that 85% of the people around me hated their jobs either--quite a few perhaps, but certainly not that big a majority.
I'd be interested to see the demographics of the Gallup poll. I'll bet that they skew quite young, which would explain the result. Young people (myself included when I was young) have unrealistic expectations of their jobs that make them unhappy.
I was disappointed that I didn't do something remarkable enough to be interviewed on the Merv Griffin Show, which was my mother's plan for me. Making lots of money was her second plan.
I had some soul-crushing years, when I was treated badly at a medium-low-status but useful job. I came eventually to Luther's understanding: I have been baptised! and that the other parts of my life were more important. Church, children, wife, charities.
I am semi-retired now, working at a variation of that same job, but now being treated well and appreciated. Somehow, it is a good job now.
Assistant Village Idiot
I don't have the impression that, historically, landed aristocrats who had no need to work had particularly happy or fulfilling lives, for the most part. There were exceptions of course, but a lot of them seemed to devote their time to gambling, hunting seducing and abandoning lower-class women etc.
Or the eventual French model of hanging around the King and playing status games.
To combine #10 and #11, the only thing more soul-crushing than work is idleness.
And it's not the work or idleness itself, but the fallen world in which we live that is destined to crush the soul. The idea that we can recreate a paradise on earth is literally the oldest deception in the Book: "And you will become like gods, knowing good and evil."
Another guy Named Dan
M'eh - looks like the complaints of a youngun unhappy with the reality of the world.
Subsistence existence has been the lot of the majority of humans who have ever lived on the planet. Not starving to death (or freezing to death, etc) is a pretty good accomplishment. I'm not sure that Poe was more spiritually fulfilled dying young in poverty than he would have been writing ad copy.
Also, Nietzsche didn't kill God - he simply articulated something that many wanted to believe, and something that many believed throughout all ages of the world. There are plenty of us who still believe in God, despite Nietzsche's words.
Even those without a belief in God can find spiritual meaning in their lives outside the drudgery of "work." Do I hate my job? On some days, sure, but on its worst days it beats subsistence farming with the looming threat of barbarian hordes storming over the hill at any moment!