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07 October 2005 @ 05:14 pm
From "Work as a Spiritual Practice", by Lewis Richmond (for the Wells Fargo people)  

"There was a time in the not-so-distant past when there was no such thing as a job, only hunting, gathering, farming, and some essential toolmaking. As work has become more and more specialized and divorced from its original purpose, it has become more difficult to endow work with intrinsic meaning and spiritual worth. Not too long ago, a shoemaker could walk the streets of his village and see the fruit of his craft on the feet of everyone who passed. His pride in his workmanship was not an abstraction. It was part and parcel of his personal relationships, his place in the community, and, ultimately, his place with God.

"When your job is to process credit applications for a multinational financial conglomerate, where is that pride? Where is that accomplishment? Where is that connection? It no longer comes ready-made with the job. You have to create it out of your own resources, effort, and sense of self-respect."

Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - The Hand that Feeds
A Carnot engine of self-loathingcalypsomatic on October 7th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
When you say "for the Wells Fargo people" do you mean that employees of Wells Fargo are given this work as encouragement in the job? Because I've got my seppuko sword and mat right here, and I am ready to go as soon as you answer "yes".
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on October 7th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
hee hee
I have a lot of friends who have worked/are working at Wells Fargo. I just find it amusing that this was the example to be contrasted with shoemaking.
prof_vencireprof_vencire on October 8th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Maybe it means that we have to learn to identify more with large abstracts?

That it might, in some ways, be healthy to go zaibatsu? Corporate Feudal with strong Semi-Nationalism.

When personal identity becomes difficult and of little fuel, it is often replaced by an external identity.

So far as pride, resources, effort, etc. go, for most folk, it might be best.

Remember, one man's Dystopia is another man's fulfilling lifestyle.
Gostor of Wafflekaulis on October 8th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
We can up the ante if we we go Draconis Combine zaibatsu, cheering on the champions that fight for our feudal corporate states in giant mecha.
prof_vencireprof_vencire on October 9th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
All good societies have bloodsports, after all.

I see no problem with it.

Besides, hell, robotic technology can always use some more investment.