Work: A Social Responsibility
Work is usually our first act of taking social responsibility for ourselves. In working we fulfill the obligation to ourselves and society to be self-supportive , and this should not be underestimated. A person without grasp of this personal responsibility fails to see how idleness and undutiful living makes one an easy prey to circumstance or vice; and this affects more than just the person alone.
While there are few of us who lack the initiative to achieve, there are far more of us who do not fully know how to make all our dreams come true. But most of us know that work is the biggest step in the right direction. At the very least we know we can avoid the disgust society produces for an apathetic person.
Work is an opportunity to earn money. To get the things we want we must find the money to purchase them. Money is a major incentive to work, and what person is there who does not want basic enjoyments—a home, a nice car, choice clothing, and a pocket of cash? No one walks up to us and hands us these things. It takes money and lots of it and most of us have no inheritance coming. So work will be our most honest way to earn a living.
Honest work depends on us, and here lies both a moral and ethical decision. We can make work a disingenuous affair when it ceases to be an expression of personal ethic and character and becomes solely about the money we can make. Such a person should be careful because he or she will sacrifice anything to make it. Work can also be dishonest because we have crossed the line of what is right to do. This means that either the work itself is wrong or we have sided with doing wrong for work’s sake. This person is in jeopardy of serious trouble.
Work helps us support our families. It is one thing to be independent and supplying only for oneself; but it is an entirely different situation when a family is involved, particularly for men. A man’s earning potential is important to his family because he customarily earns more than his wife and has more time and capacity to work. Today trends are changing and women are beginning to out-earn men while some men are becoming househusbands. Yet these new social arrangements will probably not replace traditional roles in the family: Wives and children will always look to their husbands and fathers as the home’s breadwinner, and most men wish to be that.
Work is a social responsibility that benefits us financially and socioeconomically and allows for stable livelihood.