13 June 2013

Transcendent Work?

Labor is the activity which corresponds to the biological process of the human body, whose spontaneous growth, metabolism, and eventual decay are bound to the vital necessities produced and fed into the life process by labor.  The human condition of labor is life itself.

Work is the activity which corresponds to the unnaturalness of human existence, which is not imbedded in, and whose mortality is not compensated by, the species' ever-recurring life cycle.  Work provides and "artificial" world of things, distinctly different from all natural surroundings.  Within its borders each individual life is housed, while this world itself is meant to outlast and transcend them all.  The human condition of work is worldliness.

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (7)

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