Why do people work so much?

Yesterday, insanely exhausted, so I started eating dinner at around 3-4 PM, was able to put Seneca to bed at around 6 PM, and then hit the sack at around 7:30 PM.

Today, woke up at around 7:30 AM, after a glorious 12 hours of sleep, I feel like a new man. This is probably the best night sleep I got on the last two years.

Which made me wonder and think, why don’t more people do this? Ah yes, because a lot of people get out of work at 7:30 PM. Or get off of work at 7:30 PM. Which then makes me wonder, why do people work so much? Is there really that much work that needs to be done? I don’t think so.

Ever since the 1920s, the promise of a reduced work week was the dream. Yet in the year 2022, why do we still work 40 to 80 hours a week?

. Isn’t the goal, and shouldn’t the goal be to work as little as humanly possible, in order to maximize your free time and leisure for self cultivation, art, physical fitness, philosophy and more?