Thursday, December 17, 2009

Work Shall
Set You Free

'Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man. Excellence in any art or profession is attained only by hard and persistent work.'
--George Orwell. You can review our many earlier mentions of the oracular one here.

8 Comments:

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Joe Lowry said...

Ironic that your headline is 'Work Shall Set You Free' on the day that the 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign was stolen from Auschwitz. Coincidence?

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You are a sharp-eyed dude, Joe. I was indeed making a nod to that very thing. And there's a second irony: only two hours ago, I was thinking of you as I heard on NPR that recently sprung jailbird Jim Traficant is considering another run for Congress. I wondered what you'd think of that.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Joe Lowry said...

I blogged about Traficant a couple days ago. About three weeks ago I decided to turn the lights back on at 'Youngstown Pride'. Feel free to check it out at http://youngstownpride.blogspot.com

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Boy, is that GREAT news, Joe. I've missed that blog a lot, and will now add it (again) to my regular reading routine. I hope others will as well.

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

I’m afraid I’ll let work define me throughout my whole life, the wrong kind of work most of the time, jobs, things I’ve had to do (or believed I had to do) to keep the wolf from the door. But even when not gainfully employed most of the things I’ve chosen to do in the name of relaxation have been the kind of things most people would consider work. I’ve never been very good at wasting time. I like what I’m engaged in to have an end purpose. The end result is that I’m not actually sure my body is capable of relaxing any more.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Nothing wrong with that, Jim. Any kind of work at all is honorable, and the other kinds of work we have to do to fund our creative endeavors only make the writing work feel like that much more of a gift. At least that's how I think about it.

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger Kim said...

My grandmother always said "idle hands breed the devil". (oh and I'm so happy to discover your friend Joe's local blog, maybe again I will never have to shudder when asked if I am from Ytown!)

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Ytown is rich in great blogs. I Will Shout Youngstown is also a gem.

 

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