Should we be forced to work?

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  1. eilander1542011 profile image60
    eilander1542011posted 12 years ago

    Should we be forced to work?

    WE are in essence living in a modern day slavery. We are forced to work just to survive. Is this proper? Right? Correct? Truth? Righteous? Able to be changed?

  2. profile image0
    MountnDewposted 12 years ago

    Depends on how you define work. If you are doing what you love to do is it really work,might as well get paid for your enjoyment right? Yes the all mighty dollar is a necessary evil some would say,but it's the choices we make in life that determine how our job will feel.

  3. vicki simms profile image71
    vicki simmsposted 12 years ago

    I dont think it can be called modern day slavery, everyone has choices and its up to the individual to choose what they want to do with their life.
    A job or work is what you make it.

  4. MickS profile image62
    MickSposted 12 years ago

    It's not a question of being forced to work, the world doesn't owe you or I or anyone else a living.  To eat, to clothe and to have shelter requires either work to get money to buy those things, or work to produce them for ourselves, either way it is work.  However, should we work to make other people rich?  That is a different story, and whilst I agree that without the idea, there wouldn't be the work, we also have to remember that without the workers the ideas man would have no product, he is no more deserving of riches than the workforce.  There seems to be this hypocritical idea that if a factory owner wants the maximum output for the least pay bill, that's ok; but if the worker wants the biggest pay-cheque for the least work, that's wrong.

  5. Godlike profile image61
    Godlikeposted 12 years ago

    Working with your brain more than with your body is good because you keep yourself quick in the head.
    Though, lifting heavy things or doing repetitive movements day out and day in is not good for anyone.

  6. SentMe profile image60
    SentMeposted 12 years ago

    Well my friend, in the U.S., it seems that you work hard and watch the others reap the wealth of it.  Working used to have ethics and a moral responsibility to provide for the family, however, in today's society, working seems to be more of an option.  Ambition and dedication are instructed for the white collar society.  The rich of the rich and the poor of the rich.

    Yes, there are plenty of legitimate people who are on unemployment, but they don't let that stop them.  They learn and know about sacrifice.  They learn what the value of a dollar really is.  However, as long as the crooked survive off the free hand of the government and society, we are forever in debt, therefore, enslaving ourselves.

  7. dksuttle profile image77
    dksuttleposted 12 years ago

    Only      if      you      want      to      eat.      Otherwise     I     have     to     feed     you     and     that     is     not     my     job.

  8. wingedcentaur profile image67
    wingedcentaurposted 12 years ago

    Yes, this is very much an issue of: How free are we, really? We are certainly not free not to work. Some people who have empowering, intellectually engaging work (people who sit at desks and can therefore imagine retiring at eighty or older unlike ditch diggers) are more free because they have better education and all that.

    A ditch digger is, of course, "free" not to be a ditch digger; but not free in the sense that he has to do that or something like that to survive.

    I don't know if we want complete freedom not to work. Society, infrastructure has to be maintained, but I think I understand the intent of your question, eilander1542011. I think what we really want to ask is: How can the empowering work and the necessary drudge work in society be more democratically distributed?

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    tsstrongsollposted 12 years ago

    I think people find meaning through their work.  The secret is having the courage to do what you have to do to be able to work in a job that you love whether that is going to college or working harder.  However, I do think that people should be paid more for their work.

  10. nakhale profile image60
    nakhaleposted 12 years ago

    God said you shall eat out of your toil and anyone who does not work must not eat!!!

  11. stewart o profile image59
    stewart oposted 12 years ago

    NO, we must not be forced to work, but it is right to work, we most work to survive. But the problem is how far do we go at work?

    When greed is invove with work that is were peopel says that thay are forceed to work, thay will want to work long hours to have everything in the world.

    To survive does not mean we will have everything we want, our need is what we want not our want.

  12. angel115707 profile image61
    angel115707posted 12 years ago

    I agree 100% it is slavery...freedom is a dream... iwrote alot about that on my 9-11-01 hub..... its not in my blood to understand this.... I love working, but working to please the governments taxes, and laws...Bullsh*t.... I say, give us our land back!!!! we were once free....

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    wilbury4posted 12 years ago

    To live in this modern world with all the modern day luxuries and technology...yes, one would need to work!
    To live of the land, where all necessities are provided by mother earth....No, one would not need to work for a wage but would need to work at survival, build shelter, hunt and grow food etc. Probably the more healthier option!!

  14. Kumar R Chitnis profile image59
    Kumar R Chitnisposted 12 years ago

    According to me Human should not be forced to work. It depend on their ability and stamina to choose right kind of job which ever is suitable to them.

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    Reno Chiropractorposted 12 years ago

    Are you joking? Of course we must work. what would you do if there was no work? If there was no work, then every day tasks like cleaning or recreating would then be work. would you do them, or would you like to lay around like a useless blob? Our work is a part of our growth as individuals and helps give our life meaning. Scientific evidence supports this. Statistically, rates of death are considerably higher for individuals retired who no longer do work of any kind. People who continue to work live longer fuller lives. My advice, quit sniveling and get a job!

  16. wildorangeflower profile image59
    wildorangeflowerposted 12 years ago

    You need to work to meet basic needs. We will not survive the commune system anymore because population is unmanageable because of the sheer volume of it.

  17. Max Graham profile image60
    Max Grahamposted 12 years ago

    We aren't forced to work. By all means, if you'd rather not have a job, you can sit around and waste away until you die.
    Or you could do what most people do, work and progress through a career path until retirement, when you can do what you want and live off your life's earnings.
    I dont know about you, but i quite enjoy working. Beats doing nothing.

  18. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    Who is forcing you?  No one forces me.  I just want to earn my keep, ease the financial burden (s) of those I love.

    I have no respect for freeloaders and great admiration for those who rebel against the norms of society and pioneer a new path. 

    The rebels find a way........hunting, fishing, building, solar power, and a huge array of other old time skills.  Rebuilding the communties which aid them. etc, etc.

    What , I do not know is which of these people you are, and I give you the benefit of the doubt.  Surely, you are decrying the evils of our modern society.

  19. zzron profile image58
    zzronposted 12 years ago

    I think most people work because they need money and nothing much is free. No work, no money.

  20. zamboy321 profile image70
    zamboy321posted 12 years ago

    Do you mean work for others as in employment or work for yourself whether for monetary gain or just plain household chores? Either way it is work, and you are free to choose.

  21. couturepopcafe profile image58
    couturepopcafeposted 12 years ago

    It's been tried many times over thousands of years.  When those who do not work to provide themselves with food and whatever it is they need they become dependent either on the kindness of others or they take their chances with the earth.

    When a society is forced to provide for those who are able but unwilling to provide for themselves, it causes the workers to become unwilling to work, seeing their hard labor go to slackers.

    Society will break down.  In our modern world, people will begin to hide money so it can't be taken away from them.  Those with less will or stamina will simply begin to work less.

    We are not forced to work.  One can make his way in the world however he sees fit if he can survive without 'working'.  Even those who go into monastarys as a way of retreating from the modern world are expected to work to uphold the community but at least everyone there pulls equal weight. 

    I feel you, Eilander, and feeling the dream being pulled from you is like being a wild horse who is broken, a child who's innocence is taken away.  It does something to a person and you can never go back - at least not to being the same as you were.  Hang on to the dream, Eilander.  Find a way for yourself.  Rruunnnn!


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