Yes, you got it. I began, sometime back, to notice the various ways in which the verb “to work” had come into our lives in an apparently praiseworthy way. I’m “working on” my relationship; she’s “working out” at the gym; he’s “working up” the courage; she’s doing “psychological work.” Byron Katie has, um, a form of therapy aptly called The Work. (I’m leaving out the apparently positive uses of “to produce” or “to be productive.”)

A friend of mine and I did a 4-min. video essay on this:

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