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    Question What is work?

    What is work? Why do I hate it so much? Why do I have to spend everyday doing something I hate? What do i gain from it?
    Do you ever question yourself why you are wasting so much time and energy doing this thing called "work" everyday? More importantly, why do I procrastinate and how to fight it?



    here are several definitions of work I come up with, but nevertheless imperfect:

    work is art
    work is changing reality with your imagination
    work is using your intelligence to change reality
    work is using energy to do something
    work is creating something with your imagination
    work is using energy to achieve a purpose
    work is forcing yourself to do what you hate
    work is praticing your intelligence
    work is using energy to do anything
    work is undefinable

    If work is changing reality, what do I gain from changing reality? Why do we have the drive to change reality. Why do we want to transform what we think into reality? What is the difference between working and thinking?

    If work is undefinable, why do I hate it so much? Why do I have to force myself to do something I hate everyday? Why do i hate something whose existance is questionable?
    The fear of poverty turns people into slaves of money.

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    What is work? Why do I hate it so much? Why do I have to spend everyday doing something I hate? What do i gain from it?
    Do you ever question yourself why you are wasting so much time and energy doing this thing called "work" everyday? More importantly, why do I procrastinate and how to fight it?



    here are several definitions of work I come up with, but nevertheless imperfect:

    work is art
    work is changing reality with your imagination
    work is using your intelligence to change reality
    work is using energy to do something
    work is creating something with your imagination
    work is using energy to achieve a purpose
    work is forcing yourself to do what you hate
    work is praticing your intelligence
    work is using energy to do anything
    work is undefinable

    If work is changing reality, what do I gain from changing reality? Why do we have the drive to change reality. Why do we want to transform what we think into reality? What is the difference between working and thinking?

    If work is undefinable, why do I hate it so much? Why do I have to force myself to do something I hate everyday? Why do i hate something whose existance is questionable?
    I remember working in a large bureaucracy my boss would come in every morning and say with heartfelt feeling, "I hate work".

    He was a good boss for one morning I woke up, sat on the edge of my bed and looked into the large mirror in my wardrobe, and I realised I didn't want to go to work. So I didn't.

    So I found a beautiful place to live on the Australian National University Campus for $5 a week. And I started to live my own life. And I have lived it ever since.

    My boss though had a family to support and had to stay at work to collect his pension. So his face got greyer and greyer every day. He got angrier and angrier. Until he had a heart attack. His heart told him in no uncertain terms to stop. And so he did.

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    You work because you want to live. Work gives you money.

    If you question it too much, you might take out your co-workers one morning with a rifle. Not good.

    So just stop it.

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    i like work...you gotta find something you like. i can go to work in an awful mood and feel like a new person by the time i leave....i still don't like going to work...but i'm cool once i get there.
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    Work is a thing that I go to where I do things and I get money

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    doing something people will pay you money for
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    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.

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    Work is wasting a lot of time getting money to fund the little time you have left over.
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    Oh, here's a better one! Full text online!

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