Friday, June 29, 2012

Voltaire's Thoughts About Labour

Labour holds off three great evils:  tedium, vice and poverty.


Work as boring as it seems wards off tedium or boredom.  Boredom can drive people mad.  Imagine having no purpose in life and having absolutely nothing to do.  So yes it does ward off tedium.  But work can sometimes be boring too after a while.

Of vice, it does ward off to a certain extent.  After all, it is during idleness that the children start disturbing the cats.

And with work, rightly should come some form of income.  Thus one who works ought not to be poor.

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