work: 1) continued exertion or activity directed to some purpose or end... 4) a manufacturing or other industrial establishment, usually in the plural...
The dictionary goes on to list 28-- that's vingt et huit to our canuk friends-- different main agreeances on use of the word.
Define work. What image does the word conjure up for you; what foul film flashes on the theatre of your mind's eye when this word is spake?
I'll tell ya what I think-- it's another four-letter word. And no plain and simple one, either; it's a dirty, nasty low-life version of the genre, all the more wicked for it's friendly facade.
And we're supposed to nod and smile, our grey matter automatically counting green pieces of paper traded for the most valuable of all our stock: TIME.
OUR TIME, folks!
So I'm at the factory setting, lining someone's pockets with green paper. I got a lot of time to ponder stuff. And stuff ponders along, and out of a repetitive thoughtpattern comes this blog.
Now, I LOATH work. No bones about it.
"Then What, Ciggie?"
Glad you asked, o inner leprechaun...
My favorite game-- you've won the lottery; what are you going to do with your life now that money is no concern?
Or my second favorite-- "What do you do?" wherein a guaranteed better than 95% of U.S. citizens will answer with their occupation.
That's your JOB, folks, that's what you do for a paycheck.
What Would You Do If... That is the question. Not whether it is nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune... that's that other guy Bacon's question. No, If you could do ANYTHING in the world, what would it be?
THIS is Who You Are.
So I'd garden, and climb rocks, and flirt incessantly...
Now let's circle back to the question: what is work?
Many of you may consider one of my favorite hobbies, gardening (fondly referred to as 'playing in the dirt'), to be defined as a four-letter synonym.
And to the deeper phase of the asked:
If I had to do the vegetable-raising and apiary and rabbit hutch all for existence, for my very survival versus the fun I categorize it today, would it soon not be re-filed as WORK and begin to be loath???
What say ye?
Gothic Revival cross by Robert Phillips, ca. 1865
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