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Meaningful Work

5Mentarios Wrote: May 29, 2012 6:21 PM
"The underlying notion seems to be that it is work whose performance is satisfying or enjoyable in itself. But if that is the only kind of work that people should have to do, how is garbage to be collected, bed pans emptied in hospitals or jobs with life-threatening dangers to be performed?" The premise is flawed. Sowell equates "meaningful" with "enjoyable". It is not necessary for a person to love his job, to know that what he's doing makes a difference. Furthermore, I would suggest that a firefighter actually LIVES for the moment when he can risk his life to save someone. It might not SEEM like fun, but "fun" is pretty subjective. Conversely, a garbage collector might hate every minute of t, but still be aware that it's necessary.
Original Saepe__Expertus Wrote: May 29, 2012 7:25 PM
MENTOS Dr. Sowell was not equating 'meaningful' with 'enjoyable'; his comment regarded certain people who think that work MUST be meaningful. AGAIN...that is the individual's decision...NOT someone else's.
I worked in a field nursery for a season...and GLADLY accepted the task of pruning ALL the crabapple trees. We sold 25 varieties and had perhaps 10-12 rows of trees, with 75-100 trees per row. The OTHER guys thought I was NUTS! I LOVE pruning and had the greatest time ever. IN addition, I learned how to prune just about ANY tree, with ANY growth habit...that was the education of experience. PRICELESS!
binc Wrote: May 29, 2012 7:24 PM
If you pull in over eighty grand with good benefits on top of that, like the garbage collectors in my area, you can enjoy your life outside of your 9-5 five days a week with time and a half, double pay whatever if you have to work overtime or on holidays. At least you're comfortable enough and you have enough time to pursue other interests as opposed to many private sector workers and small business owners. But that doesn't seem to be enough for a great many union employees.
binc Wrote: May 29, 2012 7:31 PM
Also, the left plays the class warfare card with abandon. Time for Conservatives and Republicans to post government and union salaries with the amount of benefits and pensions added on. Tell the public at what age they get to retire and with what for life. This class warfare can work both ways and it's high time the Right used the left's ploys against them.
BFANCI Wrote: May 29, 2012 11:06 PM
Snarkasterous1 Wrote: May 29, 2012 7:21 PM

OK, then, what do YOU believe the world-renowned intellectual intended by inclusion of "meaningful" in his (or her) pronouncement?

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The lack of realism among many highly educated people has been demonstrated in many ways.

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