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What Is the Purpose of This Job Is a More Important Question Than What Is the Pay for This Job?

Tina is a bilingual writer of unconventional fiction, a media graduate with a special focus on human sexuality and a content writer.


Life has no meaning. We give it meaning by the stories we tell of ourselves. Work is part of the story we tell of ourselves.

Work gives people an identity, a place in life, and meaning. Work used to be a safe space in life, but with technical advancement, this is rapidly changing.

We work because we have to support ourselves, but the work also fulfils other functions.

Wages, status, identity, but also social relations and participation in society are important aspects of work, but the salary is the main reason why we work.

Many people think it’s a privilege to be able to work with what they love, but how would life change for all of us if it was the norm instead of a privilege?

Most cultures in the world value work above all else. I grew up in an immigrant family, and naturally, work took centre stage. It didn’t matter what you did, but you had to work. And you had to start contributing from the beginning. When I grew up, I wanted to enter into religious hibernation, become a nurse or anything to do with nature. I worked on my paternal grandparent’s farm and also in the church for immigrants my maternal grandparents ran, and I learnt lots of life lessons.

Hence my different view of work.

Play is work. Serious work. So is parenting, especially mothering. How we are parented, how we play and also how and what we are taught is art. People are art. People doing what they love is art.

Human beings no matter what age need play, purpose and potential to grow/change. When we play, we are happy.

Global investigations show that roughly 13 % feel engaged at work and the rest are actively disengaged, or in other words, they hate their job. This is a huge waste of human resources.

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A majority of people would stop working if they won the lottery.

We’ve seen tech companies with their bean bags and ping pong tables and kitchens full of food, but they are not motivators for play, they are distractions. The motive to work must be fuelled by the work itself. Play is the most powerful motivator and is naturally present when we love what we do.

Instead of teaching people that they are useless, instead of unemployment, we could create meaningful work that adds value to the community, society and the global family.

Instead of setting us up for jobs where profit is more important than play, especially now in the climate change era, we could create stewardships and raise hope which takes us to the future, instead of unemployment which makes people feel worthless, purposeless and hopeless.

We contribute more if we do what we love, but the world hasn’t come around to this view yet. Can climate change finally make us change our work system?

Having a purpose in life is important, but not as important as playing and having fun. When we have fun in our work, we can change the world.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all do a job we love? Why can’t we change the setup?

We have advanced to a stage where we use things instead of people, but is this a positive development, sidelining ourselves? If we are serious about getting rid of jobs that cause climate change, we need people with new ideas. We need to get rid of unnecessary and meaningless jobs.

Many want work to be fun. They want to laugh with workmates and do lots of different things in a day as well as learn new things. Many also want to live close to work which has become especially apparent since the pandemic. Some don’t mind getting dirty or if the job is messy as long as there is a purpose behind the tasks. Some want to be outdoors and feel that they work their body while others want to stay indoors, talk and meet people all day. No one wants to be micromanaged. Micromanagement kills motivation. Imagine being employed for a job you’re competent at doing, but you have a manager making sure you do the job because they presume you’re lazy — it’s crazy! Many want their job to challenge them to become better people. They want to serve the greater good of the community, to make a difference. Hopefully, work will change dramatically as we move further into the digital age and also the climate change era.

With the right attitude, jobs that are perceived to be boring can be fun. But a soulless job will always be a soulless job.

What is the purpose of this job is a more important question than what is the pay for this job.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Tina Brescanu

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