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Today we live in a culture of total work where people are defined by their jobs to the exclusion of character We live in a time where a countrys greatness is based almost solely upon economics and leisure is simply time away from work free-time your own time time off the clock necessary rest and relaxation so one can return to the battlefield of labor rested and revitalized Instead of living a financially comfortable existence when a higher paying job or an inheritance comes along many people choose to burden themselves with larger financial responsibilities in the hope that the new house the extra car or the European vacation will fill the void or at least keep them from thinking about it These ideals destroy the opportunity for a meaningful life and true lasting happiness What is the culture of total work In Leisure the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper we are introduced to a unique definition of the worker Pieper uses this term in a philosophical all encompassing sense is not only or solely an employee but rather anyone employed or not who has accepted whether consciously or not the ideals of a world consumed by work work as activity work as effort and work as social function In todays culture work defines the meaning of who we are What do you do How much do you make These questions take precedence over andor replace philosophical and religious queries Who are you What is the meaning of life Is there a God For the worker activity is meaningful as long as workers are active as long as they accomplish something then they have succeeded This idea is reflected in our culture of business in the often-asked Monday morning question What did you do this weekend The activity of the workweek rarely ends during the weekend There are errands to run chores to do and the need to engage in recreation So
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