Koreans are tired. They have the longest working hours, and children the longest hours for study. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its survey of 18 countries showed that Koreans had the least hours of sleep for both adults and children. Korea in the last 50 years was the country that achieved the fastest rate of growth, a sign of their diligence, and if they did not achieve this success with sacrificing even sleep would it have been normal? The leading role in this leap in progress are now the elders in our society, and of 91 countries, Korea was listed as the 67th in welfare programs for the elderly, which the columnist considers a big embarrassment.
The columnist is an educator who
writes in Window from the Ark of the Catholic Times. Our present
competitive society directs us to will what we want to achieve, but at a
great price, sacrificing leisure and overworking; often times feeling
guilty for resting and becoming addicted to work. The environment in
which they work, pushing for efficiency and production leads a large
percentage of the work force to feel burnt out.
stage there is a loss of desire. Similar to an excess of voltage in an
electric line which causes the fuse to blow. The worker loses the meaning for life, and runs out of energy.
Syndrome does not only affect the person but his family, the work place
and society.When together with others we have the meeting of a tired
society. This becomes contagious, easily spreads and we have the making of psychological problems.
and leisure are not a waste of time. Why is it that we don't
understand the reason for rest and leisure? He mentions a study made
that showed that those who have leisure and sufficient sleep are better
able to fight off dementia: the best and cheapest way of fighting
off the aging of the brain.
God made us to play. He
shows us a number of passages where we have the day of rest,
festivities, dancing, and banquets.There is a need for a rhythm in life of work and rest. We are made to celebrate-- homo festivus. The Sabbath Day is the best example of this. He concludes the article by
asking the church to take notice of the seriousness and sorrow in
society and help the tired ones to enjoy the creation that God has
“I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community” [Augustine]