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the benefits of work on the soul

 
 
dduke
 
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 10:01 am
I'm trying to remember the title and author of an essay...the gist of the essay is that man needs work because idleness is bad for the soul/spirit. Can anyone help?
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argome321
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 10:02 am
@dduke,
have you looked up Alexander Pope essay on man maybe?
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 10:19 am
@dduke,
Not a terribly original stance. Idleness is the mother of all vices, as the proverb goes...
dduke
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 11:38 am
@argome321,
It wasn't a poem, it was an actual essay. But thank you!
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dduke
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 11:39 am
@Olivier5,
You're right. This particular essay focused specifically on work as the cure to all of man's trouble. That it was a necessity of the soul.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 11:52 am
@dduke,
Karl Marx wrote about how work defines man, how man gets a sense of accomplishment through work. But given your phrasing, you are thinking of somebody else... St Augustine?

Why do you want to find this particular essay?
dduke
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 11:59 am
@Olivier5,
I studied it about 10 years ago, and I was having a discussion with someone about it. I want to share it with them. I must be remembering something incorrectly. I've searched the internet for hours and can't seem to find it as I remember it.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 12:10 pm
@dduke,
What do you remember, if anything, other than what you already posted? Not that I'll be any help, but maybe someone else will.


Heh, idle hands are the devil's playground.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 01:18 pm
@dduke,
Perhaps you can do an Internet search for essays by Ben Franklin...he was quitter prolific on the subject of character...and virtues about productivity.
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