Verbs

Work is a noun. One of those interesting nouns that can also be a verb. We can say “This is my work” as if it is some kind of object or we can say “I am working”  Show your work to someone. Hand it to them. Not possible  It is a collection of interrelated stuff, both physical and ideational that cohere by a set of processes that are based on believing they do. For example the elements of a particular job

  • -uniform
  • -tools
  • -knowledge of the activity to be performed
  • -procedures for activity
  • -objectives
  • -structure both physical and social within which work is carried out
  • -others doing the same activity and holding the same belief
  • -larger environment which ideologically accepts the validity of the activity

Contrast with the individual

  • -uniform (clothes, decoration etc)
  • -tools (possessions)
  • -knowledge of the activity to be performed (socio-cultural learning)
  • -procedures for activity (given by school, society)
  • -objectives (values)
  • -structure both physical and social within which work is carried out (living arrangements)
  • -others doing the same activity and holding the same belief (small groups such as family)
  • -larger environment which ideologically accepts the validity of the activity (society and culture)

In a non-Buddhist context it is your “job” to be you. The ego is the “activity” or the “work” of constructing and maintaining “you” within an artificial framework.

How’s that workin’ for you?

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