Monday, January 08, 2007

Who decided hard work is a virtue?

After two weeks off, my UPI column is back!

The titles are challenging to come up with so this one comes from my editors. This is Part Two in the series on Postmodern Virtues. Part One can be reread here.


Ampersand said...

Julie, I can't wait to read the next installment in the series. I feel like I've found myself in postmodernism. But it is so damn hard to talk about, it seems to defy language on so many levels. Postmodern virtues, indeed!

Kansas Bob said...

I guess "hard work" is a somewhat relative term. For many getting one day off a week (i.e. a sabbath day of rest) seems good while others fight for the four day work week. My guess is that, in this global economy, people in India and China will force the rest of the world to reconsider the virtue of hard work ... but I could be wrong.

julieunplugged said...

Well of course this column is not at all about hard work. That is the problem with the title. I was using hard work and laziness as examples of loaded values - ideas that convey meanings that we have accepted, but that may in fact limit us to understand anything new about them. You are right - India and China are changing how we see things or at least, they ought to as they contribute their unique perspectives to the globalized world we live in.

Carrie said...

Postmodernism has always been so difficult for me to understand. I've read from the engative side (how bad it is) and I've read thinks you've said and posted. I read that article on deconstructionism (remember that?)and understood it much better than I had before. I only hope I can figure out what postmodernism is in the same way!

Lead on. ;-)

julieunplugged said...

Carrie, you crack me up. :)

Postmodernism mostly "is" - it's a mode of interpretation of reality. I hope as I unfold how I see it, it at least illuminates it a bit even if it is still not the mode of choice for you. :)