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Aphorisms Against Work

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  • Wage labor perpetuates the archaic system whereby armies and courts consume the profits of overproduction.

  • In a ton of work, there's not an ounce of love.

  • Work or perish - what choice is that? I'd rather die than work.

  • A life of labor always diminishes one's love of life, so become a verb like Bucky Fuller and cease to be the lowly noun spoken of so fondly, once a year, on Labor Day.

  • If you haven't started working, don't do it fuller.

  • "Elite" workers are allied with bosses against fellow humans who are either incapable or, praise them, idle.

  • Work inhibits the noble passions of humanity.

  • Workers betray their natural instincts to be lazy and lose their vitality - stop being workers and never work again.

  • Laziness is the mother of passion, a veritable bed of lust.

  • Disgrace to the proletariat that gives into work.

  • Work is not the continuation of divine creation, rather a contest of life and death whereby work triumphs over wisdom, and (vice versa).

  • After all, if God doesn't work, why should l?

  • Augustine (the so-called "saint") tied monastic work to divine creation and denounced laziness. The confusion engendered by the mama's boy from Hippo (between divine work and ordinary labor) opened the door to the condemnation of leisure.

  • The Augustinian classification of licit and illicit jobs should be applied by a revolutionary federation of zeroworker councils making much of what is now called "work" taboo.

  • Recall that Paul's "Second Epistle to the Thessalonians" is used to invoke the need to work: the Thessalonians were convinced that the second coming of Christ was at hand; hence work useless. I've never liked Paul - not his style, nor his dictum: no work, no eat.

  • Thomas Aquinas, reacting to the fact that the number of illicit jobs had been reduced as commerce and craft grew, came up with the category of common utility that revalued many jobs, including commerce. This revaluing must be revalued.

  • Now more than ever, we've got to fight the measures designed to make those who refuse to work, work.

  • Sacrifice work for the sake of life (or at least snarl at your boss and give him the finger).

  • Production for the sake of production is as vapid as art for art's sake.