The Protestant Work Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism

The Protestant work ethic once specified that “the faithful of the true faith” should dedicate their work to God and God’s purpose. In some ways, it resembles the fifth element of the Buddhist Eightfold Path, right livelihood.

But, as Nietzsche noted, God died, and so also did the Sponsor and therewith the foundations of the Protestant work ethic. Today, it lurks about like a zombie — merely a ghost and shadow of its original meaning. Today, one does not dedicate one’s work to God and God’s purposes for creation. Instead, one sacrifices oneself to Work, and without understanding why. Even workaholism, economism, and productivism have their roots in a decayed morality of the fallen — from morality into moralism.

It’s an example of how once vital principles decay over time into devitalised and unconscious ones, becoming mere ideology, slavishly obeyed and suffered like the devil’s whip upon the back.

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5 responses to “The Protestant Work Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism”

  1. LittleBigMan says :

    One of the terrific books you had recommended in the Guardian days and I later had the chance to read is “Bhagavad Gita.” It was all about shedding of the desire and just ‘doing’ without expectations. It seems the same as dedicating the work to “God and God’s purpose.”

  2. amothman33 says :

    acting without expecting of reward is also a major tenet in Islam.We are living in time of convergence. The response is to do what you know.Malikee is just like Harper,both their harps strings are made of lies and the ugly four riders which you always refer to to a deaf world.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Harp strings made of lies is a good one. I also wonder sometimes if there’s any connection between the “lyre” and liar.

      My new definition of “politics” — the art and science of double-talk.

  3. amothman33 says :

    an excellent defination

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