Intellectual Prostitution

Her forearm was throbbing with pain, much like an icy wave going through her arm. She squeezed it, wave it in rapid movements, clenched it, in a desperate attempt to warm it up, to no avail. The tendinitis was one in a series that started with headaches, hip aches, and sleeplessness. She had endured these ailments, in silence, for almost 2 years.

The pay was excellent, the kids were blossoming, the hubby was content and they were living in a paradise island. She traded these goodies for her physical health. She patched her health as best she knew how, and was convinced she nailed it with her discipline routines. She started the day with rigorous stretching exercises to alleviate hip pains. She ended the day with meditation to help with the sleeplessness. Throughout the day, she downed up to 2 liters of liquids, mainly water and herbal infusion. She had read that excellence is but a series of methodical habits. Little did she know that she was in fact trading her know-how for money without enjoying the process.

At the end of the day, we all need the money in order to accomplish whatever we have set ourselves to do or to have; however, the journey of acquiring money must be enjoyable. We must be passionate about the money gain process. If we are not enjoying our work, we become work or intellectual prostitute. Some will argue that life may not give all the luxury to choose a passionate work. My answer is to delve in a project or a passion outside of work that will keep your motivation on the high end. We are the sole guardian of our knowledge and must share it with our best interest in mind. I do not know of a better interest than one’s health. Moreover, no amount of money is worth selling our health for. Therefore, before you feel trapped in the equation of shared knowledge + boredom = money, you must alter one or more elements of the equation until you are satisfied with the results.

Here are a few examples:

  • Shared knowledge+passion = money
  • Shared knowledge+passion = freedom
  • Shared knowledge+money = satisfaction
  • Shared knowledge+money = accomplishment

In conclusion, for our health’s sake let’s avoid being trapped in work martyrdom to justify our statu quo lifestyle.

To work pro-choice for all!

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