"Through work... "
and contribute to the continual advance
of science and technology
and, above all, to elevating unceasingly
the cultural and moral level
of the society within which he lives
in community with those who belong to the same family.
"And work means any activity by man,
whether manual or intellectual,
whatever its nature or circumstances;
"it means any human activity
that can and must be recognized as work,
in the midst of all the many activities
of which man is capable
and to which he is predisposed
by his very nature, by virtue of humanity itself.
"Man is made to be in the visible universe
an image and likeness of God himself,
and he is placed in it in order to subdue the earth.
"From the beginning therefore he is called to work.
"Work is one of the characteristics
that distinguish man from the rest of creatures,
whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work.
"Only man is capable of work, and only man works,
at the same time by work occupying his existence on earth.
"Thus work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity,
the mark of a person operating within a community of persons.
"And this mark decides its interior characteristics;
in a sense it constitutes its very nature."
The beginning of the great Pope John Paul II's encyclical Laborem Exercens
Happy Labor Day!
(from an earlier post)