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August 15, 2017

Labor Day: Reasons To Get Into The Spirit

Khalil Gibran once said that “of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.”, if that hasn’t kindled your fire for Labor Day, maybe the upcoming review of some great reasons to get into the spirit for Labor Day will. As if the fact that your kids will be returning to school promptly afterward isn’t enough of a cause for celebration. 

What Labor Day seeks to remind people of.

Labor is the backbone of society, without workers there would be no one to keep the power on at night, no one to pay taxes for national benefits, no one to tar the roads, build the houses or teach our children. Labor Day does not simply remind us to be aware and appreciative of the laborers in our country, but also asks us to be aware of the value of honest, hard work that has built many economies today.

Labor unions and their complicit actions are often seen as a nuisance to the general public order, with workers being viewed in many circles as part of a lower class and very often, have fewer salary benefits and earn far less than their more skilled compatriots. However, when Labor Day arrives, it asks us to rethink these associations, to bear in mind the eternal value and benefits that we all gain from the tireless work of laborers.

Labor Day further brings to light the great blessing that work is, with unemployment rates hovering around 4% for the past year in the USA, this holiday also seeks to inform us of the fact that having the opportunity to work is as much of a gift as public holidays are. To repeat Joseph Joubert, “Genius begins great works, labor alone finishes them.”

Why we should seek to instill a real appreciation for Labor Day in our children.

Labor Day is not merely a holiday to celebrate the end of summer and allow you to sleep in instead of rushing out the door to work, no it actually was created to honor the labor movement and all that the American workforce has done towards making the country into what is today. 

The workforce during the early twentieth century was being badly mistreated by management in many sectors, this ranged from unsanitary working environments to extremely unsafe working conditions that resulted in a high injury rate, therefore the workers within these industries joined together, and organized themselves into unions, that protested for a better way of life.

The eight-hour workday and minimum safety conditions can be attributed to the struggles of the labor movement. In other words, when you next plan your barbecue for the long weekend or if you’re really lucky a weekend away, then be aware of the many sacrifices endured by the labor movement during the Industrial Revolution and even in modern times, that result in you having a better life.

Share with your children the value of hard work and how each and every worker contributes to society, who knows they might just be more inspired to dive into work when school starts up again after Labor Day.

For more on Labor Day, interesting stories about all kinds of holidays and which holiday to check out next, don’t forget to check now.

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Labor Day: Reasons To Get Into The Spirit 



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