Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Ah, yes, the American Workaholic syndrome. But she does have a valid point that many Americans miss the simple things and pleasures in life. We need to free ourselves from the mundanity of clockwork.
Be honest with yourselves, who truly wants to actually work?
There are two choices:
1. Work less and have less; or
2. Work more and have more.
I would not criticise a person for choosing option no. 1, but the Greeks wish to have a third option: work less and have more.
That is not true, there are plenty of Americans who work harder and harder and yet never gain any traction, never "have more" and there are plenty of Americans who by comparison work much less and do indeed have much more. I agree with several posters here, data shows that Americans on average work more hours daily and weekly than any other developed nation, and further, in our largely material society, Americans often work hard and long and yet have piles of material possessions, but do not have solidarity, community, and family. We all seem to work hard, some of us to simply survive, others to stockpile possessions and the expense of spending time with their families and being involved in their communities. This is a cultural matter, not a political or economic one. It largely seems part of American culture to have this exaggerated work ethic, and to have this pride in materialism. Even relatively humble Americans often equate an increase in possessions as being an increase in success. I disagree with that mentality, I feel less is more and more is less, less stuff= more family, more community, more stuff=less community, less family.
Many middle class families work 40-50 hours a week, both parents, and associate with paying their bills for their middleclass lifestyle as being family. Just paying the bills is indeed noble, and many poor folks work too hard and still can't even do that, but paying bills is not all there is too life, it is not all that is important in family.