By Lester DeKoster
Where can we locate the center of life's meaning? correct at the job! At no matter what paintings we do -- with head or hand, from kitchen to government suite, out of your apartment to the White House. "Work is the nice equalizer -- every person has to come back to it which will locate that means in living: no brief cuts, no detours, no discount rates."
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Could you have made it for yourself? Well, I suppose so, if we mean just the chair! Perhaps you did in fact go out to buy the wood, the nails, the glue, the stuffing, the springs—and put it all together. But if by making the chair we mean assembling each part from scratch, that’s quite another matter. How do we get, say, the wood? Go and fell a tree? But only after first making the tools for that, and putting together some kind of vehicle to haul the wood, and constructing a mill to do the lumber, and roads to drive on from place to place?
The Harvest As seeds multiply themselves into harvest, so work flowers into civilization. The second harvest parallels the first: Civilization, like the fertile fields, yields far more in return on our efforts than our particular jobs put in. Verify that a moment by taking a casual look around the room in which you are now sitting. Just how long would it have taken you to make, piece by piece, the things you can lay eyes on? Let’s look together. That chair you are lounging in? Could you have made it for yourself?
And the company pays more mind to how the real tools get on than it does to me. Galley Slave? They used to chain galley slaves to their seats in the boats they rowed, and the overseer kept them going at full speed with a whip. That’s about the way I have to work—and don’t be fooled if I happen to have an office and secretary of my own. I’m leased to the job, tied to my desk, wired to my truck cab, enslaved to my delivery route, caught in the web of professional routines, a pawn on the world economic chessboard.