Mike Rowe: ‘Americans Don’t Value Work Anymore’

Daily Caller: Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe believes that many Americans are dissatisfied with their lives because they no longer appreciate the intrinsic value of work.

In a pre-recorded interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Friday, Rowe accused the American media of convincing people that they will be happier if they choose to work less.

“Look, the best-selling books right now in the self-help section and in general claim to have the solution for how you can work less,” Rowe explained. “Most of the commercials on TV ask a tacit question, you know, how could you be happier? And the answer, of course, is retire a little sooner or work 35 instead of 40 hours.”

However, Rowe argued, the act of doing work brings value and purpose to people’s lives, making them happier overall.

-Watch at Daily Caller.



29 Comments on Mike Rowe: ‘Americans Don’t Value Work Anymore’

  1. again, Mike is right on. As a business owner, this current Generation simply doesn’t give a shit. Just hired a bright and talented young millennial to fill the slot of another millennial who went on a year long trek to discover himself. one week in and they are abusing the flex time already and coming in 2 hours late with wet hair and half asleep…..not sure what it is with this generation but they have no drive or work ethic at all…..really sad…

  2. Why value work when almost no one values the worker?!

    Our government insults and abuses the productive, and industry has screwed every laborer, up to and including professionals, by abandoning them in favor of cheap-ass foreign workers.

    To retain sanity and dignity, many of us have turned to avocations and hobbies. (black market)

  3. off topic but the past 10 days or so, everytime I go on this site on my phone I get malicious popups telling me I either have virus or won something. Only site this happens on. No problems on my computer only on phone. Even bought new phone, clean cache constantly, etc. Site has become completely unusable. Looks like Different Tim will become Non Existent Tim. Too bad. My favorite site.

  4. Different Tim I got the same shit! I think it may be associated with the latest ad plug in Fur installed, that’s about the time it started with my phone.

  5. @kool aid

    Your millennial who went off to find himself will find himself in a menial job too late in life to correct because he did not apply his talents and build a career.

    I was speaking to an old friend a few weeks back.
    He has several millennial children, well, technically adults chronologically speaking only.

    This man STILL has them coming to him for money, even though he struggles to get by. His married son who has a wife and infant child, but is still in college hoping to land a job in academia someday said. Dad, my car is broken down. Can you help? The other kid has a college degree and is married. Her husband quit his job as a teacher of math because an even worse generation of losers is right behind them. They live in his basement and she is a kollege grad too. She drives a school bus for a living.

    This dude will be abandoned in his old age when the money runs out. He just doesn’t know it yet.

    Very depressing call. It took me a few days to get over it.

  6. I haven’t been at work since the second of February. Can’t tell you how much I miss that. I like my job. Have the opinion that what I do is useful and valuable. Hopefully, I’ll be back at it in a week or two. Y’all hope for me.

  7. @lowell. Totally with you.

    I am also in a DNR job after 22 years. I built a software powerhouse to run a business and loved my job. Now it’s fucking horrible.

    I love building and enhancing and perfecting.

  8. Most employees at the McDonalds near ATL haven’t been showing up for work lately. I was told that many have received their tax refunds and they don’t need the money right now.

  9. Remember Nancy Pelosi’s “Funemployment” comment? She seemed to kick off the whole movement to just stay home and collect from the big pie in the sky, our government.

  10. I think Mike is spot on. I remember working most of my life. Digging the garden, mixing concrete, weeding carrots and onions, since I was about twelve. Didn’t hurt me any. Never had a TV or a phone. Got a bike when I was fifteen. Got my ass kicked a lot. Kicked a little ass my self. Just sayin.’

  11. Work. I always suspected I was unique, a plow horse needing a plow to be content. I am not. There is something intrinsically gratifying about pulling a wagon forward, with others! ….dragging a plow.

    Like so much, we are losing that, the wonder of the wagon twenty miles down the road, the sense of satisfaction. It’s not good.
    ….Lady in Red

  12. All I inherited was Momma Lazlo’s work ethic.
    Worth more than all the gold in the world.
    Work gives life purpose
    Without purpose, life is only existence.
    Leaves and rocks exist.
    Man must do to be complete.
    Otherwise he is like the monkeys in the trees:
    They are constantly in a hurry, but accomplish nothing.

  13. @DifferntTim, same deal here. Site is unusable on my phone (Samsung). Only way out is to restart. Don’t even try anymore. No problem on the laptops.

  14. Thankfully my 22 y.o. son is not among the lazy. He is a hard and careful worker.

    But when you pay people to not work, who are capable, you create lazy lay about bums. People who think other people own then something. Ah, new flash, we don’t.

  15. As my (smarter than me) wife is fond of saying:
    When you’re an adult, you have a choice. Work or Prison.

  16. 3 of my 4 very hard workers, in their 40s. The other one keeps house for me because I can’t do it anymore. So there is that for her. Though it doesn’t pay anything but bed and board. I would rather she got out and did something for herself.

  17. Once upon a time money was something you got in exchange for hard work. Today it’s far too often the case that money is something that one can receive in exchange for converting Oxygen to Carbon Dioxide.

  18. At one time I loved my job. Used to come in on weekends to work on programs because I could get more done when it was quiet and I could think better. Since I was salaried, I didn’t make any more money doing it, but I was single and it gave me something to do besides going out and getting in trouble. Sometimes. Then the Enron thing happened and they passed a law called Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). Now you can’t make a one-line code change without going through so much rigmarole and justifying and testing and approving that it’s hardly worth the effort. When the red tape and paperwork lasts ten times as long as the actual work, it takes all the pleasure out of the job. I don’t miss it now at all.

  19. Working three jobs at times, two usually, that allowed me to put three children through college and retire before I was 55.
    Both my ‘rents were children of the depression, they taught me how to live frugally.
    The wife is retiring too, federal job, she could stay, why?
    I cannot find somebody to work for me, I don’t ask more than I could do at their age.

  20. Gotcha VietVet. I didn’t ever want to quit developing my software. Kicked the door open in the morning fired up to build and create and innovate.

    Got bought by a company from California. They suck.
    The Beach Boys ain’t too bright. Now I plod.
    It ain’t me.

  21. @RosalindJ: Nah, I’m long gone from that place. Mainframe systems and programming procedures are constantly changing, and I was pretty much obsolete the last year or two before I retired anyway, so no biggie.

    Besides, even if SOX got repealed tomorrow, all those extra levels of bureaucratic BS
    they’ve put into place (not to mention the people they had to hire to staff them) aren’t
    going to go away. That’s not how bureaucracies work.

  22. I open each IOTW article in new tab. If an ad w/o an exit is encountered, I kill the tab and go to the next article.

  23. “Work” as we know it is a Christian virtue – thus it is besmirched and derided.

    It was the Calvinists who theologically justified the Industrial Revolution which led (eventually) to the emancipation of the serfs and manual laborers.

    Anything of a Christian nature is anathematic to the nihilism prevalent in our time. Obola tried (with great success) to bring all work in America to a halt. Our media and Academia display their laziness and worthlessness (both intellectually and physically) on a daily basis. The only evidence we have that work pays off is in Major League Sports – which comprises an infinitesimal percentage of the population.
    Regular drudgery – the toil of everyday existence – is portrayed to our youth and to ourselves – as both futile and foolish – that great wealth is only to be obtained by prostituting oneself either politically or through entertainment (which includes Major League Sports).

    izlamo delenda est …


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