Work and leisure time

   “What is most real in man, what is more authentic, is its potential that life releases very imperfectly.” (P. VALÉRY)

   Man is versatile; he is a social being that is part of several societies: country, city, neighborhood, business, political parties, professional or cultural association, social and leisure communities, aesthetic hobbies, labor union etc. He wants to participate in society: in government, in its decisions, in the elections of its leaders, or in his proper election. He is a being with critic capacities: conditions of its career, art, literature or thought, exercising its civil rights, etc. He is an intelligent being: man is able to contribute ideas; to contribute to the improvement of its environment, etc. He is a free man: free of conscience, association, etc.

   Professional mentality of doing things effectively is also applicable to other fields different from the daily work that provide income. Work and leisure are complementary. Obviously human activity is not limited to concrete professional work; it has the capacity to deploy in many other unproductive activities: social, artistic or cultural, social work, etc. These activities would be faced with similar professional mentality.

   All the work of man corresponds to the same order. Work opens us to others. The professional satisfaction will report a load of extra power that can positively motivate to apply it to other fields. Profession is not everything, is an important aspect of life, but there are other fields in which we have to develop.

   It is said that we are in a civilization of leisure time. The post-industrial man begins to have free time to devote it to personal interests. In general, free time is the time outside of profession, the time available to do what you want. This space plays an important role in life, whether leisure understood as rest (entertainment, sports, avoidance, or other required compensation to an intense dedication), or as a time that can be filled with an enthusiastic dedication to hobbies.

   Rest is not necessarily leisure; it is often “do other things.” The exercise of profession provides habits that could be moved to other areas. This aspect should be taken into account in the trend of professional pension in physical and mental force. It will be required to bring it habits to apply them to any replacement commitment that complete future years of fertile maturity.

   Agustín PÉREZ CERRADA

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