posted on Dec, 27 2012 @ 08:47 PM
A friend asked a rather... interesting question over dinner. What is the difference between work and leisure? Of course I couldn't give a simple
answer, because it's a journey, not a destination. It starts with the most basic and naive explanations, such as...
Naive explanation: Work is boring; leisure is not.
Realize also that leisure can be just as boring, if not more boring, than work. For example, do I feel good when I grind for X hours on some video
game, or when I constantly play with a mobile device? Contrarily, I could enjoy doing housework, or do not find it boring. Perhaps they feel that the
distinction between work and leisure is fuzzy or nonexistent. How does one define boredom?
Naive explanation: Work is paid; leisure is not.
Clearly, I can get paid for doing things which are considered leisure... or I can do things which are considered work without receiving payment. I can
even get paid while doing nothing. Moreover, how do we measure the value of work or the value of payment? If I do something nice for free and I
receive favors for no apparent reason over the next several months, did I get paid?
Naive explanation: Work produces value; leisure need not produce value.
The same questions apply. What is value? And how can we measure it? It could happen that, for some given case, more value comes from a period of
leisure than from a similar period of work. Then would we consider that period to have been spent in both leisure and work? Perhaps these are poor
ways to look at things; work and leisure need not be a dichotomy. We might not even need to have separate concepts.
Perhaps time is wasted thinking about these things, and we ought to work harder and produce more value -- without fully answering what work or value
means, of course. People like Marx went down this road, producing ideas such as the Communist Manifesto. (Which shows that this matter isn't a simple
Offer any food for thought.