According to some religious mythologies, work was punishment to human beings for unforgiving sins from their intrinsically flawed nature. Over the ages, this twisted and unfortunate perspective became a self-fulfilling prophesy. What's interesting are the positive deviants who continue to dismiss the work/play distinction as fallacious and unnecessary. The treat the two as a single flow experience of delighted engagement. They refuse to treat them as separate and intrinsically distinct. They derive energy from both and both are fertile mothers of creativity and conscious living.
It's possible that all the consternation over work-life balance is not reconcilable until we synergize work and play into a single rich reality and way of being, doing and belonging.