“One hears and sees all this lying (…). Nobody calls one a fool for standing it all, for enduring insults and humiliations without daring to declare oneself openly on the side of free and honest people. One has to lie oneself and smile, all for a crust of bread, a corner to live in, and a little rank, which is not worth a penny – no, a man can’t go on living like this.”
The Man in a Case by Anton Chekhov
But it is possible. In this way people live for a piece of bread in the twenty-first century.