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Work Should Provide a Purpose

October 03, 2012

In our culture, we're frequently encouraged to "slow down, relax, take it easy, find balance" and just "be happy" with where we are and what we have.

Although this can sound great in theory, it can be very difficult for people who abandon every decision to be in control of their lives. Most people can't simply "relax and take it easy" - since they never do enough to free themselves of the meager existence that comes as a result of mediocre actions. Work should provide a purpose, a mission, and a sense of accomplishment. These things are vital to every single person's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. People who promote the new age, esoteric advice to "take it slow" are encouraging a mind-set that isn't doing anyone any good. Consider the types of traits this thinking has created in people: laziness, procrastination, a lack of urgency, sloth, a tendency to blame others, irresponsibility, entitlement, and the expectation that it's up to someone else to solve our problems.

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