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  • In an increasingly secular world, is a strong work ethic replacing religion?
  • In an increasingly secular world, is a strong work ethic replacing religion?
    NY Mag (2013) ©
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Is work the new religion?

As having a strong work ethic is increasingly valued and respected, being hard-working no longer means you’re a geek. On the contrary, it's becoming a preferable lifestyle choice.

Location Global / North America / Northern Europe

Scope
On New Year's Day 2012, 19-year-old Eloise Hutchinson checked her lucky dip ticket to find she'd won £1.3 million. But despite suddenly becoming one of Britain's richest teenagers, Hutchinson continued to work at the Co-op where she bought the ticket while she set up her own beauty therapy business. [1]

Hutchinson's attitude is symbolic of a generation that’s applying a strong work ethic – working hard to earn what you have – to everyday life, in place of the framework of rules and regulations more closely associated with religion. People in both the UK and US ...

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