THE purpose of work is to have a desired result (a reward). So, a person labors.
There is always a result, but not always expected or rewarding. You’re not always going to get paid for what you’ve done. In hindsight, a poor result fails to satisfy the original purpose of starting the work in the first place. For example, you study 3 days straight for an exam and get a “D”.
The work is usually repeated and repeated, until the reward is attained. But there’s no promise that a person will be reward just because they work.
Here’s the point:
The purpose of work is to work, because work should satisfy you. Work should fill your cup until it overflows, type of thing, is the mindset around many professional academics. I agree with it partly….
Do you know what it says on the metal gate at the entrance into Auschewitz, the Nazi death camp?
“Work Makes One Free.”