Post #2

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Weber interested me this week. It was interesting to see how people viewed religion and their opinion on it in relation to their capital. Weber points out that those whose lives are bound up with the pursuit of economic gain are either indifferent to religion or positively hostile to it because their lives are focused on the material of the matter, and on the otherhand, religion is concerned with the immaterial.

The protestant ethic spoke to me because it is a concept that we all are familiar with in this day in age. Working too hard for money while compromising one’s enjoyment and leisure time; its all too close to home and in my opinion, it is a tragic one. As Weber puts it, he calls this kind of austerity the “essence of middle class life.” And he hit the target on that one. My take on this is that one should have the capability to find time to divide it between work and personal business; what is this life if you’re not actually “living” it?

 

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One response to “Post #2

  1. Great question: ‘what is this life if you’re not actually “living” it?’ Further, it could be asked: what good is wealth if you’re not actually consuming it — but saving it, deferring gratification, and generally withholding from the present?

    The labor movement of the late 1800s organized around the demand for an 8-hour workday:
    “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!”

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