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Chrm Message From: kaushal parikh Total Posts: 31 Join Date: 14/07/2008
Rank: Executive Post Date: 16/11/2016 09:40:36 Points: 155 Location: United States
One of the earliest lessons that we learn in school is that `every work is noble.' But we never actually grasp its real meaning and live our days unhappy and unproductive waiting for the most noble job to come. But that noble job never arrives. When we realize that every work is noble and the worker, irrespective of the type of work he does, is also noble then only we begin to enjoy the thrill, challenge and satisfaction of work, then only we will become noble people. 

"God gives us nuts but he doesn't crack them," says an Irish proverb. The world is not a finished product. We contribute to it by our sincere work to make it more perfect and ideal. We work to bring out a new earth. This new earth will arrive when our works promote a better order in human society, uphold human dignity and promote love, equality, freedom, beauty and creativity etc. In the process we also perfect ourselves and thus our work becomes a means for our self-actualization. 
Our aim and efforts should not be to produce better things only but to bring out better people. The aim of life is flowering of persons and not perfectioning of things. 
It is difficult to define work because what is work for one may be hobby for another. Work is a human life-activity whose purposes are the production of goods necessary for human subsistence and the realization of human abilities and capabilities. Human persons through work unfold their creative energy. 
Works are important because through work we humanize nature and the universe, fulfill our goals, develop our talents and potentials, maintain and promote our lives, become united with one another and humbly serve each other. Our work makes us better human beings while unemployment can dehumanize us. 
We develop our character by earning things not by getting them for nothing. Our works also help us to achieve satisfaction, enjoy the sweetness of success and lead us on to the way of self-
actualisation. Our works make us happy and keep us alive. Our works help us to enjoy the dignity of labour, and the pleasure of accomplishment. Work can promote independence, responsibility, and interpersonal sensitivities. It gives us endurance, humility and love for change. It is the only medicine for sorrow and loneliness. It is the only path to success and fame. 
Work also has some negative consequences. 
According to Karl Marx, work creates alienation. There is the worker and his products. The product is separated from the producer and they do not belong to him. I sell my products and others have control over my knowledge and product and I feel alienated. 
Another negative effect is the devaluation of the person. Our world is too much product-oriented. In such a product-oriented society what is important is how productive and useful I am. If I am able to contribute to a product then I have value otherwise my existence is of no use. I am defined by the work I do, more than the person that I am. So I am devalued. 
However work is necessary and noble for all of us. It all depends on our attitude. It is something that is natural to human beings. But due to our selfish ambitions and interests it is seen as laborious, oppressive, fatiguing and difficult. 
Some soldiers were trying to push a wagon stuck in the mud. Their corporal gave orders, but did not lend a hand. A man came along and watched the scene. He asked the corporal why he did not help too. 
"I am a corporal! How can I!" 
The man took off his coat, rolled up his sleeves, and helped the soldiers and they easily pulled out the wagon. 
As the man mounted his horse to leave, he pulled out a card from his pocket and gave to the corporal and told him, "The next time you have such a problem don't hesitate to call me." And he saddled off.
The corporal glanced at the card and found on it written: "George Washington, the President of the United States of America." 
The idea that every work is noble is not anything new. People in all cultures considered work as noble. The Greeks believed that through work people imitated God the creator. The Romans believed that work well done could merit rewards in the next world. In the Christendom works was considered as worship. 
In India from Vedic times onwards work was considered as normal to human beings. All human beings come from Purusha and all activities are from him alone. But as time went by the caste system came in and some works were considered as lower than the other works. Bhagavad Gita encourages people to do activities imitating Krishna who himself is a working God. Indian philosophy suggests Karma Marga as one of the ways to attain salvation. But this work is to be done for the sake of work without any desire for benefits. Only such a nishkama karma can liberate people and make them noble. 
Excellence comes when we take pride in our work, and believe that very work is noble. We must do what we have to do with utmost diligence, care, love and attention and then our work will bring us joy, satisfaction and will become a means for our self-actualisation. Our works make us fully human and fully alive. 
Our quality of work is directly related to our attitude, quality of mind and our intentions. 
Half-hearted effort will produce only half-finished products and half-lively people. 
Joshy Thomas