What’s Wrong With Menial Work?

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Does every job have to nourish the soul, inspire the mind and motivate the intellect? Can a High Calling be met in work that is repetitive, uninspiring and menial? What kind of ethic do we promote in our teens when we dismiss low paying, low prestige jobs?

Economist Thomas Sowell, who writes for Jewish World Review, dismisses the idea of pushing young people toward “meaningful work.”

“In the real world, many things are done simply because they have to be done,” he writes. “Not because doing them brings immediate pleasure to those who do them.”

But menial tasks are a reality in this, and every society.

Read his entire column, Meaningful Work.

And over at Red Letter Believers, I'm hosting reflections from dozens of writers from around the world on their first job. What lessons were learned?