Work is important to every functioning society. There are different types of work that serve different purposes and fulfill different roles. With that said, certain people within a society will be more suited for some types of work than others. They will possess skills that others won’t have and vice versa. People are also built differently, in terms of height, weight, strength, and the limits of their endurance. For example, work that requires lifting or moving heavy objects is best performed by someone with a suitable physique for that type of work.
In today’s society, it’s common to hear people complain about their jobs. For some individuals, it’s about the type of work they do. Maybe they don’t like it or don’t think it pays enough. Those types of people are unlikely to be enthusiastic about showing up in the morning and giving it their all. Some of them may not like their boss. That’s also fairly common. Then again, you also have those who wouldn’t be happy regardless of what they were did for a living. Those are the folks who would rather sit back and gratify their senses than do anything productive.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a product of the modern age. Although we weren’t alive hundreds or thousands of years ago, it’s obvious by the accomplishments of certain great cultures that they took great pride in the things they built and put together. Great monuments from thousands of years ago still stand in countries around the world, so it’s fair to say that most people back then accepted work as a normal part of life, since the dawn of time. Those who were least happy about it, would most likely have been those who were enslaved by conquering armies and you certainly can’t blame them for their feelings about that.
So why are so many of today’s people unhappy about work? I would suggest that it’s probably a combination of numerous factors. One of the biggest seems to be technology. We’ve created these amazing machines to make our lives easier, which in itself is perfectly understandable. But the result of this is that people have come to expect more ease in their lives and if they’re not old enough to remember when things were more difficult, they’re going to have a hard time when those machines are not available. They assume that these machines, gadgets and gizmos have made much of our manual labor obsolete, which is actually not true.
Those who study history and understand this often used phrases such as “First World problems” to describe the perceived difficulties that have arisen from such an expectation of ease. Obviously, in the Third World, they still lack the latest technology in many places. They’re probably the closest to understanding the consequences of becoming too accustomed to a life of ease. Many of those people still have to hunt and kill their food, or at the very least, grow it.
That such difficulties were accepted as a normal part of life back then is remarkable, compared to the way it’s seen today. Those people accepted that they were going to have to put some real effort into putting food on the table. Basically, if you didn’t work, you wouldn’t eat. Lazy people were shunned by everyone and looked down upon by society. But nowadays, people think that lazy people with trendy sayings and musings are impressive in their sarcasm. Some actually look up to people like these for their daily doses of laziness and negativity on their social media pages.
Who out there hasn’t had their Facebook page assaulted by anti-Monday memes? It might sound like harmless fun, but I would argue that it does nothing to get the masses off to a positive start on a Monday morning. Instead, it gets them thinking about the more unpleasant aspects of what they do and how much more appealing a Friday afternoon supposedly is. Well after hearing all that over and over again, for years and years, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the more suggestible members of society would internalize this way of thinking, instead of taking the same kind of pride in their work that their ancestors would have taken.
Let’s not forget that technology can break down and even be taken down by enemies from other countries, through the use of high-tech weapons intended to send others back into the Stone Age. An EMP attack could set us back hundreds, or thousands, of years. That’s all it would take for our precious devices to be completely useless for sustaining our society. What would everyone do then? To be honest, it’s likely that today’s population would shrink very quickly as people starved or killed one another over resources. It’s unlikely that a population as large as those of many modern cities would be able to sustain itself with so many of its people thrown into chaos by the idea that they might suddenly have to fend for themselves, as was once considered normal.
See, this is why work ethic is so important to any society. If you think about the heroes you looked up to at different points in your life, it’s likely that you looked up to them for something involving the work they did. For example, boys may admire soldiers, cowboys, firefighters, actors, musicians, pilots, sailors, etc.… Thus, it should come as no surprise to realize that the things you once looked up to your heroes for probably had a lot to do with their work. Soldiers work very hard to keep their countries and people safe, as do firefighters and police officers. People like that don’t get to lay there and complain about how hard their job is. Even entertainers bust their butts for countless hours to rise to the top of their professions.
Even pirates had contractual agreements between a captain and his various crew members, regarding how the work would be distributed and how the shares of their loot were to be divided. If you didn’t pull your weight, you wouldn’t last long on a pirate ship. The same thing goes for major criminal organizations. If you’re not producing and sending money up through the organization, you’re considered dead weight and that’s not a good place to be in a group like that. So if you really think about it, no matter what you choose to do with your life, legitimate or otherwise, you’re going to have to do SOME kind of work, expose yourself to SOME kind of risk – or both!
If you think work is a big deal now, wait until you have to chase rodents to kill and eat them or fight the elements all day in the sun, so you can grow your own food for the first time in your life. Wait until you have to fight off mobs of looters or wild animals, as civilization slides backward. Suddenly, flipping burgers from 8 to 5 doesn’t sound as painful as it did a few moments ago. Maybe sitting in front of that computer in that air conditioned office isn’t so bad, after all. If anything, people should always endeavor to strengthen themselves, since you can never be sure what the future might bring. I don’t say this as much to scare anyone as I do to impress upon them the need to cultivate a sense of urgency about what happens when you get too comfortable.
See, it’s all about perspective. And personally, I believe proper perspective has been lost in modern society. This observation is part of the reason why I decided to start this website in the first place. When I think of past generations, and I’m a big history buff, I think of people that were strong enough to make things happen that would carry them into the future and ensure for their needs. People back then weren’t looking to be taken care of, but rather to contribute in a meaningful way, so as to help society advance toward a better future.
Everyone knew the importance of all those little jobs. The lowly cook in the army knew that if you didn’t feed those others soldiers, they would never beat the Nazis. Native American women knew that preparing food and weaving garments was just as important as the hunting and fighting that their men were doing in the field. Everyone understood that even the lowliest of tasks have meaning and purpose, which is probably why so few people today find meaning and purpose in their own lives. The result is a degradation of certain segments in society, which now seem to favor instant gratification. Personally, I believe that if we do not look for ways to promote the value of work to today’s youngsters, we could be in for a very rude awakening.
Thanks for sharing this very important information as some people don’t even know the importance of work talk Les of the work ethics….for work ethic is the most integral part that every one mus know whether you are a worker or not it’s very important that you have a indept knowledge or that particular area and the ethics makes up 40% of that knowledge.
Well said, my friend. Sometimes I think work is the only thing out there that makes sense anymore.
It’s refreshing to read someone else with the same perspective on work. Sadly, our society is becoming increasingly sedentary with the allure of technology and the constant push for rest and relaxation. Don’t get me wrong, it has it’s importance, R & R. I speak from a place of deep fatigue and exhaustion from overworking on my family farm in an effort to do too much on my own. I tend to look at work on a spectrum now and believe that one can work to a point where production doesn’t exist because of the pain and damage done to the body. So, we have to find a balance between work and play, but still work. I personally hire teenage students to work on my family farm in the Summer and haven’t found any unable to do the work so that is promising. The challenge lies in getting them to get out and do it! The allure of work is wanting.
You are so right! People today seem to be well entrenched in their comfort zones, opting to avoid working any harder than they have to. Glad you’ve found some hard-working teenagers. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for post, which give me some perspective on why are so many of today’s people unhappy about their work nowadays?
I agree with you that the biggest reason seems to be technology. New technologies have made our lives easier and increase productivity significantly. Most of us take it for granted and don’t appreciate it too much. Instead, we have come to expect more ease in our lives.
Although the machines and gadgets have made much of our manual labor obsolete, it is still necessary to understand and keep manual stuff alive. It is a way for us to remember the history from which we could create bright future.
It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us.
Thanks, Anthony! Yes, there has to be some sort of balance. There’s a lot to be gained from using our brains to find smarter and easier ways to do things, but there’s also a lot to be lost if we take it too far and lose touch. Thanks for stopping by!
Hi there, wow strong message you share here, and I agree with you about the ethic in the work. I every job that I have worked, I try to be honest, respectful to the Institution and the people. We indeed may bother or disappointed from various issues related to our job, but as you say, at the end of the day, we will reward for our work and will know to appreciate it.
It is a good thing to educate the new generation.
thank you for sharing
Anytime, Alketa. Thanks for stopping by!
Good ti see here and you have actually written it out all. You have simplified this here and also explain this in the open site and make it easier. Seriously, what you shared here is honestly good to see and I really appreciated this here. Having the right work ethic can always help us to get better and be diligent in our doings
Yes indeed, my friend! Thanks for stopping by!
Many thanks to you for presenting a wonderful article on work and ethics. Work and ethics are an integral part of each other because, without ethics, works would never be complete. I would like to say from my real experience when I have tried to be honest about what I have done and done it in accordance with ethics. Finally, I will say that I have read and enjoyed your article so I would like to publish the subject of the article on my social media if you agree with me.
Yes, absolutely! Please do. Share wherever you like. Thanks for stopping by!
hello there,thank you for sharing this article on the importance of work and the value of work ethic.You are about the fact that people are entrenched in their comfort zones and have neglected the fact that it is important to work.I like your perspective on work and this article has been useful and enlightening
Glad you liked it, Leslie. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for sharing this timely article. I am saying timely because during this pandemic most people had to work from home without their bosses hovering over their heads to ensure that the work is done. Positive work ethic was a differentiating factor. It is unfortunate that some people are highly skilled but with a poor work ethic and you will find the less skilled with an excellent work ethic.
That’s a very interesting and accurate observation. It’s almost like the less skilled ones are actually interested in learning, even if it means struggling, while the ones who know what they’re doing already take their jobs and skills for granted. There might indeed be something to that! Thanks for stopping by!
Work ethic can really make a difference in our world. So many of us are complaining about current jobs. But the trueth is that work is so important and it must be done. Our society wants to work on something they like. In contrast of just workingat any random topic.
Very true. It’s funny how people love complaining so much that they seem to be trying to one-up each other on how bad their job is, as if that was something to be proud of. “Oh, you think YOUR job is bad. You should see mine!” I hear that all the time. Meanwhile, the same people are doing the bare minimum to get paid and the consumer gets shafted every time. At this rate, it seems like no one thinks about work ethic anymore. Anyhow, thanks for stopping by!