Shelves: working This book took a long time to read because it was so densely packed with information and references to other writings. An incredibly in-depth overview how can that be? Yet it is! Written in , I would love to read an update should the author write one.
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Shelves: working This book took a long time to read because it was so densely packed with information and references to other writings.
An incredibly in-depth overview how can that be? Yet it is! Written in , I would love to read an update should the author write one. Dec 30, Jenny Esots rated it really liked it This was my introduction to the theology of work.
Looking beyond a Sunday based christianity. After all we do spend a large amount of our life in the workforce. It structures our time and imposes rhythm into our lives. Perhaps most importantly, it tells us what to do everyday. For some, the art of enjoying life is hard to learn at a late age. The choice for women between work and home can go both ways, and there is nothing wrong with either.
Sometimes life outside work has more to offer than life at work. What matters to the definition of the word job is that it is a finite amount of things a person gets paid to do. The liberal arts implied not only clean and cerebral work, but the work of a free person. The original professionals lawyers, doctors,clergymen had an implicit public vow to society.
One way to assert power over others is to determine what they need or create needs for them, then define what they have to do to meet those needs. Yet this leads to alienation on the job, as people are forced to express feelings they do not authentically feel. Without trust,there can be no betrayal, but there also can be no cooperation, no community, no commerce, no conversation. When commitment is reduced to time at work, loyalty to something that can be bought, and trust to a legal contract, these terms are emptied of moral meaning and the workplace becomes morally bankrupt.
The more activities we try to fit into a space of time, the faster time seems to go. Working by the clock does not come naturally to people Laos time! Life in preindustrial days was a bit like the life of a college student - irregular eating and sleeping, intermingled with intense drinking sessions, partying, and all night work sessions.
The defining moral aspect of what it means to be a professional is dedication to the task, not the clock. The ability to go home when the job is done is powerful motivator because it gives people a sense of control over their time and work.
Perhaps what is most unsatisfying about modern work is that people are paid for their time, not for what they produce. The more the time demands of work dominate our lives, the more all activities feel like work. The clock and schedule rob our social lives of spontaneity. Mass entertainment we can pick up or drop at any time without longing or regret. It is enjoyable, but has no lingering meaning for most people. While many enjoy TV or miss it because they are used to having it on all the time, most do not long for it.
Individuals or organisations can try to create meanings, but if these meanings are illusions created with smoke and mirrors, they produce nothing but cynicism. To find meaning, people first have to grasp the truth or reality of a situation. To seek meaning, one has to feel like a human being. One of the most tangible ways to show respect for others is by telling them the truth.
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