Work fulfills a number of needs:
1. It gives us a mechanism through which we can accomplish things, which is essential to building our self-efficacy or self-esteem.
2. It gives us a connection to and a place in broader society, providing a community within which we can share and make sense of important moments in the world.
3. It gives us skills, which ultimately allow us to define the direction of our own lives and manifest the realities that we want for ourselves.
To see work as just an economic necessity is to miss so much of what it can, and should, give people. Plus, you know. . .money.