the porous city

/

/

email me

/

about

In praise of separation
This discussion in praise of idleness prompted me to think about how the Greeks (according to Hannah Arendt) separated their activities into two parts, labor and work. Labor is those activities required to support life: getting food, shelter, etc. Work is basically political activity: arguing, voting, taking part in the life of the city.

I've struggled myself with how to achieve deep alignment between my values and my work, with the assumption that it's best to do one thing that is simultaneously my job, my passion and my push toward a better world. Having a corporate job that pays, and doing non-profits on the side, looks like a lesser alternative.

But the Greeks had an entirely different starting point. For them, taking money for political activity would cheapen and degrade the experience, and put your motives under suspicion. The basis of a political life is the freedom to reason and act apart from pure self-interest. So they serenely and proudly built on the very separation that I've been wondering how to eliminate.


last timestamped: 14:28:37 14-Dec-2007
in categories:Other/Politik, People/Me, People/Workingwith

Comment

name*

email

homepage

No html.

what's the second letter of your name?

Tech
Android, RSS, Medical, WRX, Web analytics, s60, Visual, Wearables, PIM, Social, Audio, Development, Automobile, Storage, Business, Mobile, Security, barcamp, Javascript, OS, Hardware, MacOS, Web, Energy, Data, Open, Product Management, Net, Collaboration, Crowdsourcing, a11y, Shopping

Other
San Francisco, Politik, CrowdFlower, Housing, Games, Statistics, History, Sports, Feminism, Boston, Geography, NYC, Podcasts, Life hacks, Toys, Bicycling, Travel, Clothes, Video, Personal care, Quizzes, Friday, Transportation, Activism, Law, Minnesota, L.A., Agriculture, Food & Drink, Berlin, Surfing

Music
Mixes, Events, House, Labels, Lyrics, Streams, Good tracks, Boston, Business, Shopping, Videos, Booking, L.A., History, Musicians, Reviews, Hip-hop, Mailing lists, Mp3s, Making

People
Vocations, Gossip, Health, Working with, Subcultures, Exercise, ADD, Life hacks, Meditation, Me, MOTAS, Stories, Enemies, Friends, Family, Languages, Weblogs, Heroes

Arts
Animation, Rhetoric, Outlets, Burning Man, Literature, Desktop wallpaper bait, Events, Comix, Visual, Sculpture, Humor, Spoken Word, Poetry, iPad bait, Movies

Commerce
Marketing and CRM, Management consulting, Microfinance, Web, Personal services, Insurance, Investing, Shopping, International Development, IP Law, Personal finance, Macroeconomics, Taxes, Real Estate, Non-profit

Design
IA, Cool, Furniture, Presentations, Type, Process, Architecture, User experience, Web, Data visualization, Algorithmic, Tools

Science
Environment, Networks, Statistics and Data, Psychology, Physics, Zoology

Travel
Kingdom of Siam, Uganda, Vagabond '08, Kenya

Photos
Photos I Wish I'd Taken, Moblog, Friends

Philosophy
Mind

Internet classic

One Acre Fund

Mathematics

Subscribe to this site's rss feed