View Poll Results: Do you prefer physical labor to mental? (Assume equal pay.)

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  • I prefer physical labor.

    18 35.29%
  • I prefer physical labor only if my workmates are of similar physique to me.

    3 5.88%
  • I prefer mental labor only if my workmates are of similar mental capacity to me.

    5 9.80%
  • I prefer mental labor.

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Thread: How do you like physical labor for a living?

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    I had one job in particular that was related to design and I had to display some "art" elements in it.
    I definitely enjoyed that more than my current job, problem was my employer grossly underpaid me for that position considering my skill level.

    It wasn't very physical and I gained a bit of weight during that time.
    The only downside.
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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    I don't really like any form of work... I'm lazy as ****, but I suppose I feel better about myself if I do mental work, it's more satisfying.

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Well I clearly prefer mental labor considering that's the type of labor that I do, and at no time have a looked for physical labor jobs. Two main reasons: I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to physical labor (I was not raised as any sort of a handyman... I'm having to learn all this from scratch, via YouTube and painstaking trial and error), and 2) because the mental labor that I do pays better than any physical labor I'd be qualified to do.

    With that said, I find manual and physical tasks fulfilling. I can go out in the yard or woods all day doing all sorts of stuff until my arms and legs are ready to fall off.

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    I hate work, all kinds of it. I was brought up to look down on it.

    You were brought up to look down on work?


    Really?


    That calls for some explanation methinks....

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Everyone who doesn't have a job or business, would be classified into weight groups, like in sports, and then given physical labor tasks with his/her group-mates. These tasks would include all labor that is physical, such as road maintenance, industrial trash collection, environmental clean-up, construction, transportation loading/off-loading, and so on. The people would be rotated between job types and sites daily, as well as between teams occassionally.

    This would give everyone a healthy body,
    I don't think enough significantly physically demanding jobs exist out there to accomplish this unless we decommission a bunch of our petroleum-drive machinery. Replace these:



    With these:



    And these:



    With these:




    I guess we've been using oil to produce food and keep us lazy and make us fat for long enough. Time to switch it up and use our fat energy to do our work which will make us thin. Put another way:


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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    I've always preferred physical jobs. To me, there is nothing better than finishing your day with a tired body that's gotten a good workout, and a clear mind that is not overly numbed or stressed out. I find that deeply satisfying.

    I learned a long time ago that I was not built to walk into the same room, sit in the same chair in a little cubicle, and stare at a computer screen all day, year after year after year. I've had a couple of jobs like that and it was always the most tedious thing in the world to me. I never lasted long. The thought of doing that for 30 years is appalling to me. I needed a career that allowed me to go different places, and do different things. I need every day to be different. Throw in a little fresh air and exercise, and I'm a happy camper.

    The career I ended up in is a pretty good mix of mental and physical. 80% of the work I do is going on medical calls, which is much more mental (although still hands-on), and 20% is things like fires, extrication and rescue operations, which are highly physical yet still require an immense amount of mental knowledge and on-the-spot problem solving.

    It's a perfect mix for me and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

    Still though, if I had to choose between sitting at a desk all day or swinging a hammer on a construction site, I'd grab the hammer every time.

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    I prefer to do what I like to do, since that involves both metal and physical might then I cannot honestly pick an answer.

    And I agree with Goshin you need some explaining on how anyone would seriously look down on work. Were you raised by grasshoppers?

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Organic agriculture: physical, mental, philosophical and spiritual.

    I prefer physical labor when my workmates are in my league mentally.

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Too much government control. I'll pass.
    But isn't it still better than the government getting you fat (and dependent) by those free cash handouts?

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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    But isn't it still better than the government getting you fat (and dependent) by those free cash handouts?
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