Nobility of Labor

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by goodnice 2.0, Jun 8, 2021.

  1. I call upon those whom I address to stand up for the nobility of labor. It is heaven's great ordinance for human improvement. Let not that great ordinance be broken down...

    Do not men toil? it may be said. They do, indeed, toil; but they too generally do it because they must. Many submit to it, as in some sort a degrading necessary; and they desire nothing so much on earth as escape from it. They fulfill the great law of labor in the letter, but break it in the spirit; fulfill it with the muscle, but break it with the mind. To some field of labor, mental or manual, every idler should fasten, as a chosen and coveted theatre of improvement. But so is he not impelled to do, under the teachings of our imperfect civilization. On the contrary, he sits down, folds his hands, and blesses himself in his idleness. This way of thinking is the heritage of the absurd...

    It is time that this opprobrium of toil were done away. Ashamed of toil, art thou? Ashamed of thy dingy work shop and dusty labor-field; of thy hard hand, scarred service more honorable than that of war; of thy soiled and weather stained garments, on which mother Nature has embroidered, midst sun and rain, her own heraldic honors? Ashamed of these tokens and titles, and envious of the flaunting robes of imbecile idleness and vanity? It is treason to Nature- it is impiety to Heaven- it is breaking Heaven's great ordinance.

    Toil, I repeat.

    Toil, either of the brain, of the heart, or of the hand, is the only true manhood, the only true nobility

    Labor is worship, labor is health. Let your great deeds be your prayer to God.
    p 494
    Pennsylvania School Journal - Google Books
  2. PermRB

    PermRB Fapstronaut

    Well said. The art of hard labor, especially physical labor seems to be lost with the new generations. Everyone wants so sit behind a desk and do some kind of service or digital job. Are they women in disguise? Scared of getting their hands dirty or breaking a sweat? Have they forgotten where they came from? The world has been built by hard working men who worked their ass of to get all comforts of daily life; electricity, plumbing, houses, streets, furniture, cars (now already mostly automated), general landscaping, trains, planes, and dont forget the aquirement of all basic materials to produce all comforts of daily life such as wood, stone and various kinds or metals/ ores, ...

    The world has forgotten how to take care of their own basic needs through the sheer force of hardworking labor.

    Well said brother.
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