The great dharma wheel is nothing more complex than that. The big mystery in life is that there is no mystery.
Today, we are talking about toil, labour and work. What is work?
Something properly sanctioned by society as productive?
The expenditure of energy.
Doing something necessary but not fun.
A task that can be accomplished.
The potential to create change over time as well. As we live and breath and think and feel and react, we all exert that potential to create change over time. Can we avoid that somehow?
Not while we exist. Our mere presence has an influence on our environment. Even doing nothing changes things. Yes. You raise an excellent point. Events even change because those involved were aware of your presence. You may have done or said nothing to them, but their behaviour will still be even at least slightly modified because they saw you there, or heard you there as the case may be. Someone particularly paranoid or in a frightful situation may run from you. You didn’t do anything to scare them, but it’s still you they ran from.
Why do we work?
To change our life for the better.
To exert influence over our situation.
What happens if we don’t work? There is a consequence isn’t there?
We give up control over our lives.
We are creatures of our environment, just as everything else is also, and there are aspects of our behaviour that we mostly have no say in. Do we feel comfortable if we aren’t doing any form of work?
Not for long.
For a little while, but sooner or later life creeps up on us.
For the duration of a rest perhaps, but I have heard a popular phrase in this part of Canada. They say a change is as good as a rest. Do we not eventually need rest from our rest even?
Just a break in the routine helps. Yes.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.