I am not looking for physics definition.
I am questioning what work is for the human race.
Why do we humans exert energy to change the enviroment?
Do animals work? Why do humans do work, what is the underlying motivation?
The fear of poverty turns people into slaves of money.
"In this Caesar there are many Mariuses"~Sulla
Conquer your inner demons first before you conquer the world.
Work is something necessary to live.. but by far the most tragic thing about life for many. If they are not doing what they like, then they are basically investing the majority of their life, thoughts, and energy into complete bullshit that has nothing to do with them. So... I don't blame "non-workers". Some people slack off so they can invest time in their own, more valuable bullshit. Hopefully they can eventually make money from that too. But probably not.
Sure, Charles Darwin never worked and we named a Capital City after him.
And the Ancient Greeks regarded paid work to be unsuitable for free men.
It is only the Protestant Work Ethic that changed all that, and made work not only cool but mandatory.
Fortunately scarcity has been overcome in the West and developed nations, so now work is optional.
But the Protestant Work Ethic arose to address scarcity. And the Protestant Work Ethic has been so successful that we have overcome scarcity for the first time in human history.
But in the midst of plenty the Protestant Work Ethic is still brandished over our heads - as though we were still living in scarcity.
So the Protestants are incredibly powerful because they have been incredibly successful. So successful that they still live in our heads.
Perhaps it is time to listen to other voices.
While that may all be true in the West, Asia is marked by the Confucian work ethic (the counterpart to Confucius was Lao Tzu btw... who, in a way, can be compared to anarchist viewpoints that challenge Protestantism). So there seems to be a drive to think this way, regardless of Protestantism.