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Old 06-24-2006, 07:16 AM   #1
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A quote from Aristotle

"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind."

I stumbled on this quote from Aristotle and couldn't help but wonder at the gulf between that thinking and today's. I only saw the quote so maybe in context it means something other than what it appears to say.

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Re: A quote from Aristotle
Old 06-24-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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Re: A quote from Aristotle

I always thought this was a great quote:

"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them." - Robert Frost

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Re: A quote from Aristotle

the context (why might he have felt that way about work):

aristotle on slavery...

But is there any one thus intended by nature to be a slave, and for whom such a condition is expedient and right, or rather is not all slavery a violation of nature?

There is no difficulty in answering this question, on grounds both of reason and of fact. For that some should rule and others be ruled is a thing not only necessary, but expedient; from the hour of their birth, some are marked out for subjection, others for rule.

hmmm, maybe there's not such a gulf between that & today's thinking.
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