This is a topic that has been touched on in three out of my four classes this semester but nobody seems to be able to give me an answer for. Americans live to work they don't work to live. In Europe the people go to work an hour later than we do and come home an hour later than we do and lead a comperable lifestyle. In some countries they even take siestas in the middle of the day! Why do we work so hard and enjoy life so little? Answers have ranged from its because of the work ethic installed in us from the times of the puritans, that idle hands do 'the devils work' and others attribute it to our materialistic culture that works so hard to obtain 'things' that they think will make them happy? What do you think? Any sociologists or economists out there?