work is a fundamental dimension of human existence on earth – Laborem exercens

“Cool it,” cried Olga. “Working hard is what I do! Can’t be perfect. Going to school not cheap and what are you doing here, a beauty nobody want. My first year was ok, only five or ten times knocked down, then later more and more. He says I’m no lady and gotta work harder for his dollar.”

J.M.K. Walkow, Blue Earth

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Understood in this case not as a capacity or aptitude for work, but rather as a whole set of instruments which man uses in his work, technology is undoubtedly man’s ally. It facilitates his work, perfects, accelerates and augments it. It leads to an increase in the quantity of things produced by work, and in many cases improves their quality. However, it is also a fact that, in some instances, technology can cease to be man’s ally and become almost his enemy, as when the mechanization of work “supplants” him, taking away all personal satisfaction and the incentive to creativity and responsibility, when it deprives many workers of their previous employment, or when, through exalting the machine, it reduces man to the status of its slave.

Saint John Paul II, Laborem exercens

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
Thank you to the publishing body of “Blue Earth” for the permissions to use the copyrighted materials:

Blue Earth – The Body ISBN 9780986656446
Wikipedia as of November 22, 2015

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