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Debate Score:20
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Is the art of working dead?

In today's society, one seems to deem work as something one does when there is nothing better to do. 

Is the artist of yesteryear gone forever?  Dreams lost, passion gone, ambition gone, all gone forever.

"The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art" George Bernard Shaw


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2 points

I think the idea of going to work and enjoying it is dead! I love to go to work, if i don't enjoy my job or get bored of it, i look for another. Why should i have a handout? Life tastes sweeter when you have earned it.

I am not a work-a-holic, i enjoy my holidays and my weekends but if i have to do extra hours i do without complaining or work the occasional weekend also, no problem, love the job and the feeling of earning my money. I started working at 15 and am now 36 and have not been unemployed for more than 1 week.

Side: yes

People cry they do not want big government, socialism, welfare, etc. and then stand around waiting for a hand out rather than working for something. Liar, liar, jobs exist; just nobody wants to do them. The art of working gone. Gone forever to a new age that has no ambition to make their own future. The handout era has arrived, as requested.

Side: yes
2 points

No, but it is dieing.

I've thought similarly from time to time, but there are still those that need to know they've achieved something from day to day.

All is not yet lost.

Actually that'd be another debate...

Side: No
1 point

Firstly, the actual situation is nowhere close to nobody working; the global unemployment rate is somewhere around 10%, which means 90% of people who are able to work are working.

Secondly, not working for wages or a salary isn't equivalent to a lack of ambition or dreams... many ambitions are completely unrelated to paid employment.

Side: No
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

There is a great difference between someone drawing a paycheck and someone working. Do you actually believe people work?

Your second point is exactly my point. People seem to think one needs paid in order to do work. Work is something one should do regardless of the pay. Most people would rather do nothing than to work, simply because it needs done.

Side: yes
Peekaboo(704) Disputed
2 points

Surveys suggest that office workers spend about 80% of their work time on work-related tasks. And common sense tells me that a lot of people do work, or we'll have no food to eat, no clothes to wear, no homes to live in, and the human race would have died out. So yeah, while there certainly are freeloaders here and there, there are more people who genuinely work.

I'm sure some people do feel that way and laze around in all their free time... but take a look at the internet, and see how much self-published literature, music or artwork have cropped up (most of it sucks, but that's another point); take a look at how many hobby clubs have sprung up; take a look at the entire industry of self-help manuals. Ambition is alive, and I think the advent of the internet as a new communication and educational medium has only boosted it. In the past most people, especially women, were happy to think of themselves as "ordinary folk" who will never amount to anything special, but now lots of people want to be the next star, and work towards that goal.

Side: No
1 point

Working is something I do to feed my family and keep a roof over our heads. There are a lot of people not working some because they lack training others because they are too lazy to work. there are jobs out there and some are hard to get because they have raised the requirements for jobs and the competition to get these jobs is high too.

Side: No
1 point

Tell that to my wife the next time she complains about me going in to the office on the weekend because I want to run some tests...

Side: No