I’d like to make an alteration to my previous blog entry because it appears I may have spoken too soon. I previously spoke of how Spaniards seem to act more out of passion than Americans, but this may not hold up in all aspects of life: while many Americans live to work, most Spaniards work to live.
Marx spoke of how a person’s work should feed their human essence because humans are “active beings.” According to Marx, through one’s work, one can find a medium to express oneself, quell curiosities, and achieve true productivity. In the USA with our diverse platter of masters, doctoral, and professional schools, many are able to find a specialization and job they are truly passionate about; however, for the majority of Spaniards, they have become alienated from their work, which has become an undesirable means to sustaining life.
Obviously the majority of Americans still find themselves in jobs they dislike, but with Spain’s current unemployment rate over 20%, Americans are definitely afforded more opportunities to explore their interests and find truly satisfying jobs or careers.