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The Protestant Work Ethic [Mar. 15th, 2019|09:25 am]
Tony Grist
It's a hangover from my childhood that I feel uncomfortable doing nothing when people around me are working. It's not so much that I feel I ought to be working as that I'm afraid of being judged- and shouted at- if I'm seen to be slacking. I don't suffer- except in this most superficial way- from the protestant work ethic and I have two ways of dealing with the discomfort; one is to find some silly little job that will make me appear to be busy and the other is to run away and hide.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-03-15 11:00 am (UTC)
Doing silly jobs seems the best option for me. mind you, at a certain age, isn't it time to reign in that ethic and say I have earned it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-15 04:03 pm (UTC)
It's one of the pleasures of growing old that you can back away from jobs and nobody blames you. They just think "poor old sod."
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-03-15 12:12 pm (UTC)
I was always taught by my mother that I should 'help', so I feel the same way. And pretty much behave the same way, as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-15 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's a pain, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-03-15 04:09 pm (UTC)
And I kind of resent it when others don't act the same way. Brother had a girlfriend who came for several dinners and, when Mom and I were clearing the table, she sat there.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-15 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's always difficult being a guest in someone else's house- and not knowing the protocols....
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[User Picture]From: topum
2019-03-15 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't suffer from it so much that I am fully comfortable doing sfa in the middle of a busy crowd working hard.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-15 04:17 pm (UTC)
It could be a generational thing. I think parents in the 50s and 60s were readier to lay guilt trips on their kids.
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