Work vs Labour.

Work. Such a word that people fear and don’t want to face (at least on this side of the continent). More often also, people mistake labour for work. “But what’s the difference?” you may ask. What I’m describing here is not the dictionary meaning of the terms “work” and “labour”, but rather the ideas that people have come to attach with the words.Many people think they know the meaning of certain words while they hold a different idea of such words, or even live a different way than what they describe to you.

So, for one, work involves planning (which seems like more work, doesn’t it?). Yet, it’s true. When you think of work, it’s something deliberate; a conscious attempt to do something. Labour, on the other hand, can be likened to “mindless work”.

When you work, you are systematically positioning yourself in a field or area of expertise where you can function to the maximum (or close to it as you can get) and be rewarded for it. It involves putting your mind and energy into the endeavour before you to achieve a stated goal.

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Work ensures that you are satisfied with your output at the end of the project, whereas labour doesn’t satisfy – you just get done with it. Labour (in this sense) does not profit. Rather, it just causes stress on the body and affects the health. labour is “bodily work” – where you don’t need to THINK – you just “do-as-you’re-told”.

I’d prefer to work rather than labour, wouldn’t you?


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