It's pretty much taken for granted in the circles in which I normally move that we have jobs in order to pay the bills. Some of us like our jobs better than others — I have to admit that mine is pretty good, as these things go — but none of us would be working if we had some other way of bringing in the money for the things we need and the things we like. Of course, many of us are overachievers, constitutionally incapable of just sitting around watching TV, and would probably end up running little hobby-businesses for fun, but that's a cow of a very different color from pursuing a career.
In such a culture, a phrase like "work is being a nuisance" is a widely-understood concept.
I made the mistake of saying that to my mother, and it really threw her for a loop. She didn't get angry, she was just sort of shocked and puzzled; according to her, you "shouldn't put it like that" because "work is supposed to be your main thing in life."
I wasn't angry, either, just sort of sad. But I didn't tell her that. I just let it go.