We Are All Slaves!!! Why Are People Workaholic?
Many people think that hard and exhausting work is a medal that everyone should be proud of, ignoring or even forgetting that they live exactly like slaves in the times of pharaohs. Despite that all workers who contributed in building the pyramids should feel proud because they built the best everlasting monuments in the history of mankind, but still they were sheer slaves and they were aware of it.
Every time I go home late from work (because I am one of those slaves), I remember that I’m killing the best moments of my life. It’s true that dedication for your job is good but what’s not correct is prioritizing work and neglecting your life, your family and friends.
What is work or what is life?
Most of those who LIVE in their jobs drink black coffee without sugar every morning not because they are diabetic but because they know for sure that they will have it someday due to all the pressure accompanied the work environment. I have read once that stupid co-workers can increase your chances of getting cancer or hear-attack twice the smokers do so it’s a double jeopardy! We drink it black to help us remember who or what we really are.
When technology was introduced to man’s life, everyone was optimistic about it and experts bet that technology will be the tool thru which mankind will be shifted from misery to happiness and that everything will be possible by one click! Sadly, no one ever expected that those buttons will control man’s life and death too. The successful employee now is condemned to carry weird connection machines all the time even in his bed like Blackberry because he has that dire need to feel connected and to be online 24/7.
If he travels, he is involuntarily compelled to make sure that his hotel room is equipped with internet to the extent that some don’t take the plane unless there is an internet connection! The new age-slaves are characterized by lingering in their offices after the official working hours not only to finish their piles of paperwork, but because they have no place to go to and if they only could, they would rent a house adjacent to their offices so they never leave! This sad picture is well depicted by one philosopher who said: if you work only to live then know that you work only to die.
Why are we slaves?
Each one of us has certain reasons on why we are slaves to our jobs, and that was clearly illustrated in a study conducted by a US Research Center which stated five reasons:
1- Having a challenge to achieve at work.
2- Feeling that our work is inspirational.
3- Monetarily satisfied because the pay is good.
4- Having strong bonds and relations with our co-workers so we can’t stay away from them.
5- Accomplishing our self-esteem thru accomplishing duties which make us feel important.
Our devotion to pray to God, regardless of any religion, comes from our psychological satisfaction towards ourselves when we do it. So, we worship God to enter paradise and consequently to achieve happiness. We do our rituals to feel tranquil and to create peace in our inner selves which lead also to achieving happiness. Thus, if everything we do in life is to accomplish happiness, then why we have the urge to do more than what we are required to do in our jobs? Why we falsely imagine that we can achieve happiness thru hard work while it makes us miserable day by day?
The difference between The Old-age Slaves and The new-age Slaves?
If you stay at work past your designated working hours, then you are a slave!
If you think of your work, co-workers, the new secretary…etc while you’re in bed, then you are a slave.
If your best friend is one of your colleagues, then you are undoubtedly a slave.
If you take your work home with you, overlooking your family needs, then you are a slave.
If you work on holidays, then you are a slave.
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