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Comment: It's originally from the German Heinrich Böll (1963)

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It's originally from the German Heinrich Böll (1963)

This version is different from the original version written by the German Nobel-prize winner Heinrich Böll in 1963, but basically tells the same story.
Almost every student in Germany should have read his famous "Anecdote concerning the Lowering of Productivity".
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Most get this interpretation: Böll is asking here "Live to work - or work to make a living?"

H. Böll died in 1985 and is considered a left leaning intellectual. The established "Heinrich-Böll-Foundation" is closely related to the Green Party.

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