Dignity in Labour

Dignity in Labour

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By Uduak Otongaran (Cocosista’s Blog)

Work…
Work means a lot of things to different people. From banking to teaching, photography and editing- work is what gives you a sense of purpose and fulfilment in life.

Different people have different perceptions about work. Anything you do to get paid is work right? Some are of the opinion that it is. Others think it must be in an air-conditioned room where you sit all day and eventually receive your fat salary at the end of the month. For crying out loud, there is dignity in labour. Manual labour is as dignified as the highest intellectual assignment.

A group of people believe that manual labour is degrading and despicable. William J. Bennet said, “There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes”. You see, a young man who has no paid job believes that rather than take up a “menial job” he’d rather sit at home idle than engage in what he calls “a demeaning job.” He would prefer to visit all the spiritual homes to pray for that posh job to be offered to him with other appendages like a posh car and a posh house in a posh environment. Tell that to the gods! Would you rather starve to death than pick up your dignity and look for a meaningful thing to engage in?

Orisaguna Olajumoke is our perfect example. Was she a menial person then to have been hawking bread on the streets of Lagos? No! Rather she is a classic example of what I am trying to portray; she walked the streets of Lagos selling her bread with pride, her strides, steps and gait caught the skillful eye of a professional photographer and the rest, as they say, is history.

There is dignity in labour, whether you are a banker or brick layer; lawyer or farmer; politician or even a bread seller. You and I have been called to serve humanity with the gift our maker has bestowed on us. What are you doing with yours?

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