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Sentence meaning What does "those toil at the lower employments of life" mean?

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The first sentence of the preface of the Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson is as follows

It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life, to be rather driven by the fear of evil, than attracted by the prospect of good; to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage, or punished for neglect, where success would have been without applause, and diligence without reward.

"It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life, to be rather ..."

  1. What does "toil at the lower employments of life" mean? is it talking about the people who work hard for long time to obtain low-level jobs?

  2. "It is the fate of those ....., to be driven by the fear of evil" In order for me to better understand the sentence, I try to change it a little bit. So, if I said "It is the fate of Carl/somebody to be driven crazy/something" Here I am saying that his fate is as follows. Am I right? So, in the original sentence, he is saying that these people who toil..., their fate is to be driven by... Is my interpretation right?