The average man identifies himself primarily as a worker.
If a man is asked, “Who are you?” he rarely answers by saying, “I’m the father of three,” or “the husband of Mary,” but almost inevitably, “I’m a plumber, a doctor, a lawyer with such-and-such a firm.”
To be a man is to be a worker and provider, and there is no way around that.
The man who is deprived of the opportunity of working feels a disdain from society that is nothing compared with his own self-contempt.
That more men commit suicide over the loss of a job than the loss of a wife or child does not suggest that a man values his job over his wife or child.
The grievous loss which cannot be borne, which leads to despair, is... the loss of our sense of confidence in our future.
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