You can see the contrast in how they value time. In Work-to-Live cultures time doesn’t have the same meaning as in Live-to-Work cultures where time is valued the same as money. On the other hand, Work-to-Live cultures reject the “tyranny of time.”
In Live-to-Work cultures a person is measured by their profession. “What do you do?” is usually the first question asked when people meet. “Who is your family?” is the first question for people in the Work-to-live cultures. Family ties and clan are more important than what you do.
You can also see the difference in the economic realities of the two types. Work-to-live economies tend to be more stagnant and poor but happier while Live-to-Work economies are more growth oriented and prosperous. Both value different things - important things that create health and prosperity. I pray we learn to embrace both.
Take Away: Both value different things - important things that create health and prosperity. I pray we learn to embrace both.