Thursday, July 10, 2008
I don't know if fainéant is French, but it sure looks French. It means "resistant to exertion and activity," which the French seem to be in light of their 35 hour work week. This is the work week that President Sarkozy allegedly abhors, but can't bring himself to abolish.
I did the math and the French, if they work 35 hours a week and sleep 8 hours a night, have 77 hours a week of leisure. 77 hours! That's more than twice the amount of time they work, and the amount of time they work is less than 25% of the hours in the week. Now, I realize that I am heading into a workaholic profession that is not exactly a picture of what normal should be, but 77 hours of leisure a week? I enjoy my leisure time because I have worked so hard to get it, not the other way around where I've been so leisurely that I have to work a little.
The commandment to Adam and Eve in the garden was to "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." I could be wrong, but I think that it took more than 25% of their week to get all that done.
Work is a good thing, we were created to produce, and we are most satisfied when we put our hands to the things God created us for, whether that be teaching the law, practicing the law, raising children, etc. You get the picture. Work hard, my friends, play hard, and fulfill your destinies!