Wisdom from the working man

Why makes you get up in the morning and go through the drudgery of something as mundane as work? That was the gist of the conversation I had with a friend this morning on the way to, surprise, surprise, work. With rows and rows of cars stretching before us, I pondered this for a while and came to the conclusion that I had no answer for him. And this scares the hell out of me.

It all started off with him complaining about his in-laws who are pushing 70 now but insist on running the family business single-handed without help from anyone including their own children. My friend is strongly adverse towards their, in his opinion, rigid and out-dated type of work ethics. image

“How long do these people want to go on? What are they working towards? Aren’t they sick of working? Don’t they want to have a choice of not having to go to work?” he went on and on in this vein.

I work so that I can have the choice of not going to work if I don’t feel like it,” he said nonchalantly while picking his nose.

In my mind a man-on-the-top-of-the-mountain kind of aura instantly surrounded the oddly-shaped head of said friend. If he started a religion, I would follow. This lasted a fraction of a second before I snapped out of awe-struck silence and regarded him as a scientist would a rare species of animal.


4 comments on “Wisdom from the working man

  1. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. Once you stop working, you realized you have no purpose in life. True, we work our arse off so one day we need not need to work. When that day comes, you’ll realized you don’t really have much to do. Take a break for a month from work, you’ll then understand his parent’s perspective better.

  2. well his argument is that there is so many things out there to do. if you don’t find it then you are not looking hard enough.

    with regards to your 2nd comment……(going into ah beng mode) ya lar hor. don’t know why leh.

  3. hehe ..then ask him to list down the things to do in one month time. better still ..ask him to go idle for a month. 😛

    your blog dont likey me, thats why ! 😦

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