Live to Work, or Work to Live?

Pin by Colette Booth on Nature | Pinterest

Pin by Colette Booth on Nature | Pinterest

I find myself agreeing with this almost completely, it something that so many have lost in our breakneck, get it done, materialistic society. I doubt our society will recover  until we again find the balance spoken of here.

Once upon a time in the Western world, exposure to “the beautiful” was an important element in the development and formation of men. The ideal man was also an educated man, and an educated man knew something about, and appreciated, good art, good music, good literature, and good taste (and perhaps also good wine). The Romantics of the nineteenth century added to this resume a man who had the capacity to be intoxicated by the beauty of nature. Many of the great works of art and music of that time period reflect this. Then there was the “gentleman” who valued beauty in speech and in writing, even if his language sometimes descended into a dry, mechanic artificiality.

By contrast, today’s tech-savvy, fast-food fed, materialistic West places more emphasis on money, things, efficiency, and instant gratification, and as a result the importance formerly placed on that seemingly impractical entity referred to by dusty old philosophers, intellectuals, and artists as “the beautiful” has greatly diminished. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen captured this modern mentality well when he said that “Saints are impractical; artists and philosophers are impractical. The world has room for only the practical.” Who today, in the hustle and bustle of modern life, has the need for a quiet walk through woods in the early morning just as the sun begins to pierce through the fog and nature’s symphony is at its peak? Complicating matters even more is the irony that the modern man, in his attempt to “protect” his “manliness,” shies away from any lengthy talk about “the beautiful” in a floppy attempt to protect his masculine toughness—while in reality demonstrating just how shaky that masculinity really is.

Beauty and the Ideal Man – The Imaginative Conservative.

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8 Responses to Live to Work, or Work to Live?

  1. the unit says:

    Beautiful picture to start this article.
    Yes two questions. Live to work? Work to live? Has taken much of both for me
    I always heard stories of people passing on once their work was done, i.e. like in six months. Well, I going on two years now.
    I’ve taken time to smell the roses and see some beauty though, i.e. like this…
    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=phosphorescent+bay+tours+puerto+rico+pictures
    These particular pictures from ads promoting tourism in P.R. and some areas nearby. Ads say only 4 places to see. Not so. I’ve seen it all along the gulf coast from La to Fl from ’50’s thru ’80’s (no more night fishing in ’90’s) on dark nights. These pic are photoshopped if one thinks your going to see colorful kayaks and people and the glow (I believe, although I was never in a spotlight so that I showed up and the glow behind me may have occurred.)
    Back then it was said it was the phosphorus in the water that had adsorbed sunlight and was emitted from commotion. Now said because of dinoflagellates in the water that emit light themselves.
    Well we did have the Dinoflagellates back then…Rat Pack…Dino, Frank, Sammy, Peter, and Joey. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      I haven’t been down there since the early 70s, Dad and mom used to spend a month or so at Destin every winter. I’ve made that drive from NO to Pensacola a few times, it was lovely in those days, day or night. Now i have little interest, sounds like it’s been overrun by what fools call development, and I dislike crowds, although I suspect I could find a spot somewhere. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        It would be a little spot. I hardly ever see a lone fellow in a pickup selling Georgia peaches along the road anymore, and this is not on the beach roads, just anywhere. I hope since the recession has been over since, according to Biden, summer of ’09 that the recovery is enough to get a good peach again one day. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I hear you. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah the peach stand and a little girl’s Coolaide stand closed by license bureau and health department. Space taken constitutionally by eminent obesity… 🙂
          https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=picture+of+charles+rangel+sleeping+on+beach

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        • NEO says:

          Welcome to the nanny state 😦

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  2. the unit says:

    Off thread I am,. I am. But one’s gotta say what comes up.
    You had article few days ago mentioning Birmingham, England. I was just checking my email on Mediacom and on their news said Fox News apologized for a reporter saying city was “totally muslim” and “no go.” Christian Science Monitor says city is 22% muslim, 234,411 (ignoring Taqiyya). CSM also ends story with ” Muslims in Europe ‘dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization,’ that would put the figure at 0.01 percent of Europe’s Muslims, not between 15 and 25 percent as (Brigitte) Gabriel claims.”
    This is a reporter saying 0.01 percent…Dang he’s talking about my checking account. That’s one hundredth of one percent. Goofy’s in charge. City has 234 radicals to cause destruction? Well, ok that’s 234 too many.
    I wonder what some of NEO’s UK friends think?

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    • NEO says:

      I don’t know that many of my friends are especially local to Birmingham but, like me they tend to distrust (and make fun of) the MSM.

      0.01% is meaningless in my opinion, it’s statistically insignificant, like a car that catastrophically fails in the first 100 miles.

      I think there are quite a few more than 234. Mark Twain come to mind commenting that “Figures don’t lie but liars figure”. Least i think that was him 🙂

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