Europeans want limitless working hours, as statistics reveal : let’s make as much money as we can, is the motive that prevails in Europe, and especially in the biggest economies. Socrates was approving an old saying that a pleasure with pain as its previous condition, is a pleasure for slaves (Plato, Phaedrus 258e).
Contrary to that, Europe confirms the spirit of Charlemagne and the Papacy, creating serfdom as an ideal : Arbeit Macht Frei. Why not? Living without personal relationships of real value, it is necessary for the Europeans to discover more ‘meaning’ in working hours, and in wilder forms of perversion, as is known. Tolstoy was saying, that “to elevate work into something decent, is equally absurd with naming your food a virtuous benefactor.”