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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 8:43 a.m.

    I agree: all honest labor is good. I also wish that more of us read our scriptures and realized that wealth is not a measure of righteousness.

    Some people are wealthy because they have aimed at it all their lives and are good at accumulating wealth; the means may be fair or foul or somewhere in between. Another man regards money as a means to an end and contrives to have time with his family as a priority, which the wealth-seeker may neglect.

    Brigham Young said some great things on the subject of wealth, Chapter 25 in the 'Discourses of Brigham Young' which I would recommend to all. A rich man is good if he seeks wealth to do good and sticks to that. We all should be industrious enough to have what we need and a bit to spare. Sometimes a person is unemployed or poorly paid through no fault of his own, while others are idle and poor or idle and wealthy. Scriptures are more favorable to the industrious and honest man than to the covetous man, no matter how rich or poor he might be. Great prosperity is usually disastrous to the prosperous be they few or many, but there are some honorable exceptions.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2018 9:24 a.m.

    @BestSolutions "If we realized that everything belongs to God ..."

    How's that? In our economic system the top 10% owns 75% of the wealth. God is not involved in any but the most abstract sense. In any discussion of labor, its rewards and its problems distribution must be mentioned. The right wing avoids such.

  • BestSolutions Orem, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 10:58 p.m.

    If we love God, then all that we do should be done as one who is serving God and God's Children. If we are mowing the lawn we could think of ourselves as taking care of God's yard. If we realized that everything belongs to God and we are only stewards then whatever work we are engaged in takes on great significance, because we will account to God for how we managed His stuff and how we assisted His children, our brothers and sisters. Also we will develop our talents so we can serve better and be a blessing to those in need.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    Sept. 2, 2018 7:41 p.m.

    @marxist - "Surplus value also worked under Soviet communism." Really? I'm not sure how it relates to the DN Opinion either, but it is so far from truth it warrants a challenge.

    History says the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of corruption, a two way theft of workers from the state and from management who were supposed to be protecting the state's assets. Even today a significant portion of Russia's wealth is corruptly diverted to keep the political establishment (Putin) alive. Promoting that kind of system is abhorrent.

    I applaud the DN message. A job worth doing should be done well! That applies to labor, management and every job in between.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    Honest labor works both ways; a worker doing their job and not stealing a employers time by laziness. And a employer paying a fair wage and providing a safe environment.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2018 9:33 a.m.

    There is an issue with regard to the employer-employee relationship, regardless of economic system, and that is the taking of employees' (labor) surplus by employers. This is Marx's famous "surplus value." Marx thought this to be the main source of profit in capitalist systems. Human labor produces a surplus. That's why we have civilization. But labor's surplus is generally lost, taken as profit. And it isn't just capitalism which does this. It is starkly true with slavery, and it was true with feudalism (nobleman/serf), but at least with feudalism it was right out in the open. Surplus value also worked under Soviet communism.

    Surplus value is starkly true in our own system when employees need food stamps to survive. Labor's plight is all too real.