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What is work?

 Apropos (Austria) 14 June 2019

We expect work to be visible and physically exhausting. Today, however, the larger part of wealth is created by knowledge often unnoticed thought and intelligence. It is difficult to accept that this seemingly easier work is a quicker way to success than the hard graft of physical toil. Work contributes to the well-being of society and is appreciated accordingly. Our work also defines our identity, as well as the value and meaning we give to ourselves. Still, the vast majority of people remain unfulfilled by their work and would be ready to leave for pastures new if only they could. (286 words) - By Staff writer

We expect work to be visible and physically exhausting. Today, however, the larger part of wealth is created by knowledge often unnoticed thought and intelligence. It is difficult to accept that this seemingly easier work is a quicker way to success than the hard graft of physical toil.

Work contributes to the well-being of society and is appreciated accordingly. Our work also defines our identity, as well as the value and meaning we give to ourselves. Still, the vast majority of people remain unfulfilled by their work and would be ready to leave for pastures new if only they could.

Most however, don't take the risk because, often enough, work is the only source of social recognition while the financial impact of such idyllic notions would mean no income and a vast change in lifestyle not to mention unemployment which often leads to feelings of uselessness, isolation and depression.

It is thus surprising how the public reacts to those who cannot work and in extreme cases become beggars in order to escape isolation and misery. Popular opinion decries that beggars are parasites on the society - although begging is an activity, if you come to think about it.

Being active and being rewarded for work it is a strong incentive in our lives, however in the future we will have to change our ideas. In the years to come economies will require even less physical labour than required today- less and less work will be necessary in order to satisfy our needs.

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