Three Pillars of Dignity at Work
  • Paula M. Rayman


In the beginning, Adam and Eve had a lot of work to do. They had the honest, blue-collar work of tillers of the soil. They could see the fruits of their hands as seeds grew to plants and provided food for sustenance. Maybe at first there were only two or three kinds of vegetables, and Adam preferred growing more tomatoes while Eve wanted endless rows of corn. But they compromised and worked hard together, continuing the process of creation and became coworkers. Through their work, they were able to sustain themselves, providing a livelihood.


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