Do you ever read the comic strip called “Dilbert”? The creator of “Dilbert” presents a cynical view of the workplace. In Dilbert’s experience, both employers and employees avoid work and personal responsibility for its completion. People treat one another without respect, power is the first rule, and demeaning cruelty to others is the norm. The Rule of St. Benedict describes another way, a way in which human labor has dignity because it is performed willingly and conscientiously in service of God and others. With a positive attitude and environment, workers have a sense of purpose and find satisfaction in their labor. At least on some days, they experience work not as an unpleasant burden to be tolerated, but as an opportunity for service to be welcomed. These people know their efforts are contributing to the common good and making their corner of the world a better place.
By Delores Dufner, OSB