[ox-en] The Abolition of Work
- From: "I. Claude Harper" <tekell swbell.net>
- Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 21:15:11 -0600
BTW: Joanne suggested, that in English "work" describes non-alienated
activity while "labor" describes alienated activities. Would you
native speakers out there share that suggestion?
(from U.S. perspective....)
both are equally alienated, I mean people don't really make that distinction
with those two words. "Labor" just sounds a bit more political or formal.
You want to find a word closer to "play", if not "play" itself.
For reference you might check out, Bob Black's "The Abolition of Work"
Using "play" may make one sound overly optimistic, but it definitely
emphasizes freely chosen activity, which allows for free association. At
the same time it does mean a lack of physical or mental effort.