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Do You Enjoy Work?

November 28, 2012
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Thoughts From The Corner

Do you really enjoy work? As a one to one English tutor, I do. Honestly, I do!

I came across this saying recently:

Play is a gift from heaven, work is a man-made ill.

Lui Zhi, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

This took me back several years to a Phd. thesis that a friend was writing. Apparently it had a lot to do with Piaget and his writings on ‘Cultural Capital’. Yes, it was beyond me as well! A part of the thesis dealt with the subject of ‘Play’ and the effect it had on individuals as they grew into manhood. The findings concluded that  play for a youngster was beneficial to the individual in later life.

So what of work and play for those in adulthood? It seems to me, although I may be wrong, that work is not a popular thing in people’s lives. I come across more people moaning about work than looking forward to Monday morning and the start of the working week.

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There are, however, several areas where people never seem to retire, even though they are eligible for their bus pass. Some names that spring to mind are Sean Connery, the Rolling Stones and James Patterson (highest earning author of 2012). Although just 65, having published 14 works last year can you see him hanging up his quill?

The short list above has a theme running through it – all are self-employed. None have to turn up to work from 9 to 5 and all decide what they want to do and when they want to do it.

There are those that sign up to the ‘Protestant Work Ethic’; that work is good for you and that we do not get something for nothing in this life. My feelings on that is that such directions have been passed down from above i.e. ‘the masters’. We masses have to be controlled to maintain the standards of those in control. What better way  to keep us subdued than keep us occupied in a 9 to 5 job and make us believe that it is good for us! As the saying goes, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.

Lui Zhi had a valid point that,  ‘. . . work is a man-made ill’. The problem is, Society needs to tick-over  and we can’t all be actors, singers, writers and private English tutors. Can we!

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