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.

    25 49.02%
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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Today I cleared out the weeds along the drive to my nursery, spending all day hoeing the d@mned things, loading the brush in the back of my truck and hauling it off to my dump pile. It's always a special thing when the dust and various tiny weed seeds form a thin coating on all the sweat that forms on all of my exposed flesh, and especially as I am now getting a bit older and the crevices are starting to deepen a wee bit, it seems a dirtier task than ever.

    Do I enjoy physical labor?

    Right now, I am really enjoying this beer.
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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Physical labor with a moron is pretty fkn horrible. They talk all the time, about crap no one wants to hear. 3 workers who gain a moron are now 2, not 4.

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

    Give me physical work over mental work any day.

    Unless I have 8+ hours of physical work in a day my body does not feel properly worked and relaxed. I am left feeling like a wound spring ready to go off and do not sleep well. I also found that it greatly affects my mood. If I do not work my body for several hours in a day I do not feel like I have been productive enough and normally get cranky and unhappy with myself.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    It's always a special thing when the dust and various tiny weed seeds form a thin coating on all the sweat that forms on all of my exposed flesh, and especially as I am now getting a bit older and the crevices are starting to deepen a wee bit, it seems a dirtier task than ever.
    Hey man, you could probably sell that to women as a wrinkle corrector. Put them to work, make them sweat and collect all that fine dust, like putty filling the imperfections on a automobile body, slap some make-up over it (being careful to match the skin tone ), and collect the revenues from your miracle product.
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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. But I am fascinated and puzzled by it, so I do it when I can, without the knowledge of the people around me. But what is interesting, really, is how closely work is intertwined with our very health. It appears, that the more work we do, the healthier we get. And non-physical labor doesn't help.

    So, now, that most non-physical jobs can be done over the internet outsourced for a petence, how about this for a replacement for those unsustainable liberal social programs.

    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, happy life, and an opportunity to meet new people. This would provide a valuable infrastructure support service, as well as a possible elimination of social program deficits. And I bet this beats retirement and mid-life too.

    So, what would be your opinion?

    In case this sounds communistic, it is not my intent, I am a conservative. But I like looking internationally for ideas and some of those communist countries did manage to make the low segment of society happier with well organized and managed large scale communal physical work. We could introduce it in the US, will eliminate obesity and stress, I bet.

    Would it make sense to sell this to the republican campaign?
    In my late teens and early 20s, I worked in a lumberyard. It was extremely physical and I worked in extreme weather conditions. For the last 20 years, I've worked in finance and management fields, which is mentally taxing. I would take physical exhaustion over mental exhaustion any day of the week.
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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    I don't know. My grandfather worked though sometimes, he was a nonconformist. I would like to work too one day. But I will probably never get to it. People smell how I disrespect the entire idea of it even before I come through the door. They don't understand that I don't want to disrespect work, I want to familiarize myself with it. In middle school, the mother of a classmate got me a job one summer, which was to spread and level concrete for a new car park. I REALLY got told off for it at home, but when I was doing it I enjoyed it a lot, walking on the iron rods, pushing the dispenser arm, then pushing the leveler (or whatever that translates to in English). I really liked the resistance of the materials.
    Out of curiosity I must ask: if you do not work how do you make ends meet? Where do you get your shelter, clothes, food and all that? I realize that one does not need to buy everything but economically sometimes it makes better sense to buy somethings.

    Please clear this up because right now I envision you somehow as a bum or a loafer.

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

    I make $15 an hour and its 50/50. The job I'm about to get is $25 an hour and its 70/30 with it being both more physically and mentally demanding. I prefer whatever makes me a badass mother****er. I like jobs that make me stink at the end of the day but mentally stress me out. At the same time I do design and art stuff on the side but that just comes easily to me so its whatever.
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    Re: How do you like physical labor for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    I don't know. My grandfather worked though sometimes, he was a nonconformist. I would like to work too one day. But I will probably never get to it. People smell how I disrespect the entire idea of it even before I come through the door. They don't understand that I don't want to disrespect work, I want to familiarize myself with it. In middle school, the mother of a classmate got me a job one summer, which was to spread and level concrete for a new car park. I REALLY got told off for it at home, but when I was doing it I enjoyed it a lot, walking on the iron rods, pushing the dispenser arm, then pushing the leveler (or whatever that translates to in English). I really liked the resistance of the materials.

    I assume your family is independently wealthy or something?

    Most of us don't get the luxury of deciding WHETHER we want to have a job someday, you know.

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

    I'd would prefer a mixture of the two but I tend towards the mental. Getting old, I guess.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I assume your family is independently wealthy or something?

    Most of us don't get the luxury of deciding WHETHER we want to have a job someday, you know.
    I believe he may be under some delusion that living a life without work is something good. There is vast loneliness, lack of meaningful challenge and brain rot. I have known a few "trust" babies in my time and their lives were anything but ideal. Many seemed to be searching for purpose and wound up spending their time in an alcohol/drug induced haze or getting lost in some other emotional difficulties. Others found that being industrious and being contributing members of society was more fulfilling than sitting around doing nothing of substance.

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