I prefer physical labor.
I prefer physical labor only if my workmates are of similar physique to me.
I prefer mental labor only if my workmates are of similar mental capacity to me.
I prefer mental labor.
I recently read "Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford".
He makes quite a few good points. One point is today's lack of Craftsmen. When Henry Ford built his mass production factory, his employees did not want to work there. He ended up having to pay them twice as much to get them to repetitively do a few quick tasks, as opposed to being someone that could build a complete automobile.
I enjoyed working outside building houses from the foundation to the shingles when I was younger. By the time I re-invented myself, I was doing only the layout for the wall framing crew. The division of the home and apartment framing made the buildings go up much fasten, but I felt like a single cog as opposed to being a Journeyman Craftsman.
The divisions of the residential construction became so repetitive that it was easy to learn how to do the one thing. Then came the Mexican explosion. They do all of that type of work now.
I do miss being an in shape hard body. What got my attention was watching elderly men on the job site that had been reduced to picking up scrap lumber and throwing it into large scrap bins. I could see myself in the future and it wasn't pretty. I could tell by the repetitive motion pains that I had developed that I was heading towards the scrap labor crew.
When I was in High School we had metal shop, woodworking shop, welding, auto body shop, and residential framing vocational classes. Now you have to go to a community technical college to learn those skills. That costs money. Money that you can't earn because you don't know how to do anything.
Schools don't have the money for the vocations anymore. Football is very expensive.
I THINK THE RED GOWN LOOKS THE BEST! IT NEVER HURTS TO RUB IT IN A LITTLE.The jokes write themselves!
I certainly don't need the government's input as to what I choose to do for a living...physically or mentally.
As long as I take care of myself and my loved ones, they can kindly butt out of my business.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.
Last edited by ab9924; 10-03-12 at 11:39 AM.
I cannot reply to this poll as I enjoy both depending on what the physical/mental labour is.
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