Thomas Gradgrind was the cold hearted headmaster from Dickens's Hard Times. Mercilessly dedicated to the pursuit of profitable enterprise, his teachings attracted many disciples though-out the corporate world.
Whilst I can make no claim to ever having been particularly dedicated to hard work, as an idealistic graduate, I was once guilty of fostering ambitions of 'career building.' In the same way that a few years of neglect can leave a city in ruins, several years of the British labour market had left my aspirations smashed and smouldering. In a display of unbridled savagery, 'Work' had torn down my metropolis of ambition and had salted the earth to prevent any further growth.
Edmund Burke once said that evil would triumph when good men did nothing, despite being, at best, a mediocre man, The Daily Grindstone is my protest against the greatest lie ever told. It is neither sweet nor fitting to die for your employer!