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Wages by D.H.Lawrence

The wages of work is cash.
The wages of cash is want more cash.
The wages of want more cash is vicious competition.
The wages of vicious competition is—the world we live in.


The work—cash—want circle is the viciousest circle
that ever turned men into fiends.


Earning a wage is a prison occupation
and a wage-earner is a sort of gaol-bird.
Earning a salary is a prison overseer’s job.
a gaoler instead of a gaol-bird.


Living on your income is strolling grandly outside the prison
in terror lest you have to go in. And since
the work-prison covers almost every scrap of the living
earth, you stroll up and down on a narrow beat, about the same as a prisoner taking his exercise.


This is called universal freedom.


From “Pansies” (1929) by D. H. Lawrence

(Published by Marlin Seeker)