Meaning of Work? LO13292

Ray Evans Harrell (mcore@IDT.NET)
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 22:14:29 -0700

Replying to LO13266 --

Winfried Dressler wrote:
> (GSCHERL) wrote
> > On your deathbed, when reviewing your life, you're never going to
> > wish you had spent another hour at work!
> The meaning of work here follows the structure: Do A to achieve B or avoid
> C. The measure for the success of A is the amount of B or C. Then, on your
> deathbed you are wondering whether you missed a chance to get more B or
> less C for less A.
> With A being "work" and B "comfort" and C "unsure future", this is a
> mental model of work. The study may be understood that way, that this kind
> of mental model of work is dominant in the population you were
> questioning.
> This arises the interesting question to the list: Do you have a different
> mental model of your work? or: Which meaning do you asign to your work?

I believe both Rodin and Beethoven spoke of work on their deathbeds. It
is not uncommon for people who are involved in personal artistry to feel
the importance of completion even at the time of death. This involves
people who do not consider the issue of wealth to be an economic issue.
Maybe Intellectual Capital?



Ray Evans Harrell <mcore@IDT.NET>

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