Table Topics Thursday: Topic 3


The winner of last week’s Table Topics contest will be announced later today in a separate post.  Stay tuned.

This week’s Table Topics question is: Is work valuable for its own sake?

My first thought with this question was that it is relatively straight-forward and easy.  On the surface, I took it to mean: would I still work even if I weren’t being paid for it.  The standard “you won the lottery” question.

While I do enjoy my job, I don’t think I love it enough to do it for free.  So I would answer no to that reading of the question.

Looking a little deeper into the question, I read it as: Is there something valuable I get from work that I can’t any other way.

My answer to that question is more positive.  I have found that when I’m away from work and idle for an extended period, such as a long vacation, I do start to miss it and begin getting a bit bored and stir-crazy.  I miss doing something productive with my time.

So I would say, yes, I do believe work has value for its own sake.  While I wouldn’t necessarily do my current job for free, I do get more than financial benefits from being active and feeling useful.

Now it’s your turn.  Let’s hear your opinions:  Is work valuable for its own sake?

As usual, my choice for best answer will be posted next Thursday.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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