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Happy Labor Day! Are You Working?


We celebrate Labor Day in the United States today. It’s a national holiday to celebrate the labor movement and achievements of the American worker.

Yet most of us don’t work on Labor Day. This reminds me of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which the four ministries are named for the exact opposite of what they stand for. The Ministry of Peace supports war. The Ministry of Plenty concerns itself with rationing and often dwindling supplies. The Ministry of Love is all about arrests and torture, and the Ministry of Truth spews propaganda.

Labor Day should be a day in which we work. After all, one of the many definitions of labor is “human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy.” I don’t think sitting on our butts watching television or relaxing by the pool or camping is really helping the economy or is even laboring.

At least I worked today, if only for the length of time it took to research and write this.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

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September 2, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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