A song for occupations
In his book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton mentions about Walt Whitman's work, A song for occupations. Alain argues that we often overlook the value we add to this world through our occupations/jobs.
Artists, poets, and musicians often sing praises and make art about the glory of nature and other human conditions. However, the world of work is something that we don't sing or admire about even though work is what occupies most of our lives.
It's high time we wrote songs about our work and what it means to us. Here are a few verses from 'A song for occupations'.
Workmen and Workwomen!
Were all educations practical and ornamental well display'd out
of me, what would it amount to?
Were I as the head teacher, charitable proprietor, wise statesman,
what would it amount to?
Were I to you as the boss employing and paying you, would that
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