Monday, August 21, 2006

Pope Warns Against Overwork

I find myself in the unique position of agreeing with Pope Benedict.

Yesterday, in his weekly address, Pope Benedict cautioned people not to work too hard, regardless of their occupation. He quoted from the writings of the 12th century St. Bernard, who said, "
Watch out for the dangers of an excessive activity, whatever ... the job that you hold, because many jobs often lead to the 'hardening of the heart,' as well as 'suffering of the spirit, loss of intelligence."

I would add that excessive work leads to a life out of balance, and to tunnel vision. Work is best viewed as something we do to live, rather than taking the view that we live to work.

Work is an integral part of life, but only a part. Time for rest and time for leisure should be no less important parts of everyone's life. Time is a precious resource and we should guard against giving up too much of it for the purposes of making a living.


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