My father-in-law loved to say “Work Makes Life Sweet” and “Laziness rots the bones”. We believe that R & R, days off, vacations time, shorter work days, retirement, and 'hardly working' is the cure for all ills, the panacea, the ultimate goal, the source of all happiness.
Work brings meaning into our lives, or it can. What happens to those who do not work for a living? They die too early in retirement, they fall prey to drugs, crime, sloth and indolence. There is no good and much bad that comes from not working. And working more, to a point, is even better.
China quit working. They have adopted a work-enough-to-get-by attitude. And the results are now evident. Somehow, no one sees that.
What happened to China, that vaunted economic powerhouse?
Much is written about the government, their central bank, but it all misses the mark in my opinion.
They quit working. Once, across China, work was revered, and the young worked to support the old. They worked long hours each day; they worked 6 and more often 7 days a week. In Hong Kong where I used to work, Saturday was also a work day. No longer. Gave it up years ago.
Cowards cost us all. We all pay, for the activities of the few who are found out, and for the activities of the many whose bribes, payoffs, ‘inducements to do favors’, sundry and miscellaneous means by which they seek to line their own pocket through illicit actions and activities.
We should scream ‘Bloody murder’ as me mama used to say. We should not allow it, not put up with it, not look the other way. No good comes of it, save for those who conspire against us all. And they deserve the consequences of being found out, penurious fines, job loss, prison. Make them pay and in so doing set an example to others who might yet contemplate such a course in their careers.
I could go on, in greater detail and specificity, but I won’t.
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