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Hard Work: Definition & Demonization

Hard Work: Definition & Demonization

What is Hard Work? It may not be what you think it is. It is a dying concept in a world of glitz and the sense that we are entitled to a quality of life by the government, daddy or life in general. I want to properly define what the term “Hard Work” really means, as well as exploring the factors that have killed this iconic ethic. People who work hard typically exemplify pride and individuality, both the targets of “reformed” thinkers, psychologists, do-gooders, Academia, Anarchists, Fascists, Socialists, Communists, tyrants and other fanatics.

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ― Thomas Jefferson


The Definition

Hard Work is defined as, “Characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; tending to work with energy and commitment.” In essence, Hard Work begins with character. Hard work is not something we simply engage in with physical effort alone, but it starts with who we are inside as a conscience being, what we represent, as well as how we define ourselves to those we touch and to the world at large. Our state-of-mind determines our character, and so this then translates into our persistence in action to carry out our tasks, no matter the size of the obstacle or reason to not continue to carry on.

Hard Work: The Synonyms & Antonyms

Synonyms: Industrious, busy, energetic, conscientious, zealous, diligent, industrious, untiring and tireless.

Antonyms: Lazy, indifferent, careless, good-for-nothing, inconstant.

The Demonization Of Hard Work & The Glorification Of The Victim

Decades ago, hard work was an accepted way of living. Modernization brought about advanced technology and the ability to get more done. But with that modernization also came the idea that we were replaceable. Social scientists and mental “experts” in the field of Academia, all funded by government grants and endowments from World Bankers, began around 1920. Not having to work hard themselves, they began their well-financed, scientifically unfounded teachings that man was just like the machines he built: based solely on the law of physics and replaceable.

Materialism was now the new God. Dialectical Materialism the new progressive and modern philosophy, espousing the Marxist theory (adopted as the official philosophy of the Soviet communists) that political and historical events result from the conflict of social forces, that very conflict caused by material needs. Workers of the world were exploited and so Hard Work began to become redefined as toil and oppressive demands from the bourgeois class. Soon after, progressive entitlement policy introduced social security in the 1930’s under FDR, and Medicare in 1965 by LBJ.

Spending On Entitlements Is The Highest in American History

In 2010, entitlement spending has grown to be almost 100 times higher than it was in 1960, increasing by an explosive 9.5 percent per year for 50 straight years. Entitlement transfer payments to individuals (such as for income, healthcare, age, and unemployment) have been growing twice as fast as per capita income for 20 years, totaling $2.2 trillion in 2010 alone—which was greater than the entire gross domestic product of Italy and roughly the same as the GDP of Great Britain.

In 1960, entitlement spending accounted for less than a third of all federal spending; in 2010, it was just about two thirds of government outlays, with everything else—defense, justice, all the other duties of government—making up less than one third. Over the last half-century, income-related assistance (which we used to call “welfare”) multiplied more than 30x after adjusting for inflation. The most shocking growth has been in Medicare and Medicaid. In the early 1960s, neither program existed. By 2010, these two programs cost more than $900 billion a year.

More Americans Rely on Government Handouts Than Ever Before

The United States is on the brink of disaster now: Half of all American households currently receive transfer payments from the government. According to the Census Bureau, only 30 percent of American households in the 1980s relied on any public assistance.

This of course does not inspire to work harder, as things are taken care of. While I am not suggesting a complete removal of these programs, say for the elderly, veterans, needy children, etc. it nonetheless correlates how much entitlement we know have and our reduced production as a nation. The true source of prosperity and pride is not entitlement, but engaging in hard work as defined as above.

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Author: Edwin Dearborn

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