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Re: Lookin' for the OED

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Sunday, July 7, 2002, 8:27
On Sat, 06 Jul 2002 14:12, Herman Miller wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Jul 2002 17:52:50 EDT, J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...> wrote: > >OBCONLANG/CULTURE: How do peeps' describe work and how do peeps' explain > >their concultures' "work ethic" or similar? Are there opposing or > > contrasting views on work ethics? > > I haven't thought much about this topic. I looked through a number of my > nonhuman vocabulary lists (speakers of Olaetian are human), and couldn't > find many words for work-related concepts, except in Jarda (originally a > personal language). But I have a few ideas. > > Nelya, because of their long life spans, take a more leisurely approach to > work than huamns. Also, since they live in small family groups and have > dealings with others of their kind only infrequently, much of their work > consists of tasks having to do with survival. > > At first glance, the idea of a "work ethic" would appear to be entirely > foreign to Zireen ways of thinking. In fact, they do have a work ethic of > sorts; they place a high value on quality and efficiency. It's just that > work as an activity is seen as a means to an end, enabling the more > important activities of exploration, adventure, and enjoyment of life. I'm > not even sure that Zireen have a word for "work". They would have words for > specific work activities, such as preparing food, treating injuries, or > construction work, but not for the general concept.
I hadn't thought of "work ethic" in relation to Lakhabrech either. Predators with a work ethic? They'd have a "hunt ethic", instead. The only time they consider a "work ethic" in place, is when they are employed as caravan guards for local city traders crossing the Desolate Lands where Yhe Farr lurk and hunt. Wesley Parish -- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."