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摘要: 类似的题目最近托福也可能考。 Is it more important to do work that one finds fulfilling or work that pays well?   Henry David Thoreau once t...

类似的题目最近托福也可能考。

Is it more important to do work that one finds fulfilling or work that pays well?

 

Henry David Thoreau once told the world, in Life without Principle, that one shouldn’t cheat himself by working solely for a paycheck. For Thoreau, who found joy in a solitary sojourn at Walden Pond, that bit of advice would be most appropriate. However, most of us cannot live in quite the same way that Thoreau did. Our existence in modern society necessitates our pursuit of things Thoreau might have considered trivial – such as money and tangible possessions. For that reason, when push comes to shove, it is more important for a person, and for those around him, that he finds a job that pays well regardless of the fulfillment that it can grant him.

In Khaled Hosseini’s memorable book The Kite Runner, Baba, the protagonist’s father finds no fulfillment in working at a gas station as a pump attendant, a job that is starkly different from the booming carpet business he had successfully run in his days of opulence in Kabul, a past from which Baba and his son have fled. Despite the bruising to his ego however, Baba continues to work at the gas station with the desire of comfortably putting his son, Amir, through high school and college. With his meager wages, Baba eventually manages to educate his son and pay for Amir’s lavish wedding, an occasion which he cherishes with much pride, before losing a battle against lung cancer.

Biju is a key character in Kiran Desai’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Inheritance of Loss. Biju moves from job to job in New York City, not finding much happiness in the process. He lives in cramped apartments and does not derive much happiness from his job, having to do think he does not like to do, such as serving steak to Indian men (Hinduism forbids the consumption of beef). However, Biju is motivated to continue working in unappealing conditions because of the money he wishes to send to his destitute, aged cook-father back in India. While Biju does not find any sense of fulfillment in his work, the paychecks he receives serves as a motivation for him to continue doing the work he does.

The role of many working men and women in society today is built on compromise. Many grow up dreaming of making it big. Seated at nondescript desks today, are individuals who once sought to be astronauts, great writers, poets, Hollywood stars and presidents. However, most of those men and women will never achieve those dreams, as fate would have it. It would only be fair to say that having basic necessities in life is more important than achieving a sense of fulfillment, because fulfillment does not put bread on the table, or clothes on our children’s’ backs. After all, real life is no Walden Pond.

 

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