The craftsman and her environment: Work driven by an ethic of care

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Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK, this one from a farmer and college administrator. Read the first two posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” and “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?” By Stephen Milliken In his excellent [Read More...]

Why work?

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Yes, I wonder about that question too. One of the most famous musings on the subject was written by Dorothy L. Sayers–better known to many of us as the author of the Lord Peter Wimsey series of detective novels–over seventy years ago, in 1942. She wrote in a different time and place–wartime Britain, full of [Read More...]

Why do we feel like we never finish working?

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This gem from Alain de Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work came our way today courtesy of the folks at culture is not optional: Our exertions generally find no enduring physical correlatives. We are diluted in gigantic intangible collective projects, which leave us wondering what we did last year and, more profoundly, where we have gone and [Read More...]


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