Work makes you a slave or sets you free

 Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio has a new book, available on Amazon and other sites, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Large segments of our society believe any form of work is beneath them. Some view the need to work as an insult to their intelligence. They believe that only people with serious mental deficiencies should be given menial, repetitive mental or physical tasks. Individuals like them should be encouraged and paid for their thoughts and artistic ability.

The high self-esteem, entitlement and constant exposure of socialistic indoctrination at our universities and the elite media has rendered “work” as a “four-letter word.” This cultural thinking process has impact not only the “millennial” generation but also many citizens who think any form of effort is something to avoid. Parent’s inheritance, educational credentials, and the nation’s welfare safety net according to them should freely supply ample resources to make savings and employment unnecessary in this modern era. The elite culture is supposed to encourage the progressive recognition of their high mental functions and make the world a better place.

This socialistic ideal of taking care of everyone’s needs through automation of industry, for letting people be happily free has resulted in the direct opposite reaction. Many people who are “trust fund” babies, welfare players, family spongers and too-early retirees are bored and depressed with their non-productive existence. There are too few challenges and sufficient structure in their life style. They have too much time for their minds to wander and do things that are self-destructive to fill the vacuum in their lives.

The concept that work is inherently good for the soul of a person has been erased from our cultural discourse. Completing a building project, exercising, gardening, painting or any other endeavor after one has put in physical effort and attention does have beneficial tangible rewards of seeing and experiencing the positive results of our labor. Many intellectual activities are frustrating as they are abstract and cannot be seen or felt.

When a person develops the motivation, skills, pride and courage to create things with their own being nothing can stop them from being a doer. Each knows he has the will and the ability to be a productive independent person. These doers are not easy to intimidate, as they know they can survive by their own will power to do what is necessary and self gratifying. The person has reached a mental state of knowing he can be self reliant under almost any condition.

Instead of sitting back and complaining that they should be sharing the wealth of others, they should go to work to create their own assets. The Bible emphasized that work is liberating. Proverbs 13:4- The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Thessalonians 3:10-12- For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

These individuals know they are not entitled to anything that belongs to someone else but are free to create. They realize that to be independent means a person needs to provide for himself for himself and family through his own free and honest labor. Their moral viewpoint is not to take but produce something of value.

People expecting others to do their bidding are vulnerable to become enslaved. By living on borrowed money (credit) many individuals are becoming owned by their employment, banks and government. These people are living above their means and are stuck. They have no courage to get off the treadmill.

The welfare route of playing the system has its own pitfalls to enslavement. At the beginning when the government is pushing their “new” give away program, benefits go up. As the Ponzi schemes rise to unsustainable levels the incentives decrease until the naïve (takers) have no other resource but to be dependent and enslaved by the ever-powerful state.

These people are at the mercy of all-controlling totalitarian bureaucrats. The same undermining of the spirit of the person happens with these who turn to the mental illness agencies for drugs to feel better even though the side effects are killing their minds and bodies. Every time an individual sells his soul for a handout, the spirit of the person is weakened and eventually destroyed.

Remaining free takes making hard choices. When most around you are taking short cuts to get what they want, a thoughtful person should look at the downside of each decision. Being seduced by offers that have long-term negative consequences, such as criminal schemes, drugs and free government money, has serious negative effects. The price a person pays for something should not threaten their long-term ability to remain a free, vibrant, thinking and acting individual. Short cuts to a good existence are an illusion. Loss of one’s personal dignity is much too high a price for temporary material benefits.

A person should to be self-reliant as it will set them free and keep them free.


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