By the way, when Kelly says that work and learning new skills is admired but not working or not doing anything with your life is frowned upon, it seems to imply that there is an unspoken (or perhaps not unspoken) social or peer pressure in the Union. Basically, people in the Union will likely feel pressure to do something in order to avoid society looking down on them. Furthermore, Kelly mentions that reputation has taken the place of physical currency. So it is likely that the person who is seen as lazy would have a low reputation. They would be the equivalent of a poor person. The Union would not let them starve or go homeless but they might lose access to nicer things while the person with a higher reputation because they work hard and seek new skills would have more "open doors" in life.